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Fresh Plagiarism Charges Raised Against Rand Paul

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To give one example, Stewart wrote in his "Rethinking mandatory sentencing" that "By design, mandatory sentencing laws take discretion away from prosecutors and judges so as to impose harsh sentences, regardless of circumstances."

Paul's op-ed contained a virtually identical sentence: "By design, mandatory-sentencing laws take discretion away from prosecutors and judges so as to impose harsh sentences, regardless of circumstances."

Both pieces also related similar anecdotes about a man named John Horner, a father of three who faced a 25-year prison sentence for selling prescription painkillers to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. 

Paul's office did not return Buzzfeed's request for comment, but Bill Falk, The Week's editor in chief, told Buzzfeed he thanked Paul for the endorsement.

Following initial reports suggesting he lifted material from Wikipedia and other sources, Paul said that if "dueling were legal in Kentucky," he'd like to go toe-to-toe with the "hacks and haters" accusing him of plagiarism.