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    A conservative Law Professor substantially misrepresents his military
    service: including branch, specialty, decorations, rank, military
    combat, dates, and length of service. He wore his ill-gotten Silver
    Star on his lapel, and drove a vehicle with major's insignia on his
    plates, despite being a second lieutenant.

    'Indy Star' Columnist Admits She Was Hoodwinked By Prof

    By E&P Staff

    Published: December 04, 2005 4:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK The story seemed too good to be true and, as often the case,
    it wasn't. And longtime Indianapolis Star columnist Ruth Holladay, who
    has been at the paper since 1978, admitted today that the whole thing
    made her look pretty bad.

    It all began back on June 26 when Holladay promoted the claim of
    William Bradford that a faculty committee at the Indiana University
    School of Law had voted against him for tenure. Bradford declared that
    two liberal professors who disliked him--because he was an Army
    veteran and supported the Iraq war--had led the charge.

    "He fought in Desert Storm and Bosnia-Herzegovina, served as a major
    in the U.S. Army Special Forces and received the Silver Star,"
    Holladay wrote then. "Now the 39-year-old legal scholar is engaged in
    a battle on the home front -- political correctness in academia."

    Bradford even wore his Silver Star around campus. On the law school's
    Web site and its Viewbook, Bradford's profile said he was in the Army
    infantry from 1990 to 2001.

    He promoted himself on radio interviews and on Bill O'Reilly's Fox TV
    show. He was a poster boy for liberal bias and control on campus.
    "David Horowitz, a champion for conservatives, took up his cause,"
    Holladay wrote today.

    Now Bradford has resigned at the university, effective Jan. 1.

    The unraveling began after Holladay was contacted by retired Army Lt.
    Col. Keith R. Donnelly, a Gulf War veteran who was suspicious of
    Bradford's record and awards. Holladay and Donnelly both requested
    Bradford's service record from the Army. It showed that he was in the
    Army Reserve from Sept. 30, 1995, to Oct 23, 2001, with no active duty
    or awards.

    Bradford started backtracking all autumn, and finally resigned.

    But his profile at the university's web site still reads: "William C.
    Bradford joined the faculty in the fall of 2002 after serving from
    1994 to 2001 in the U.S. Army infantry. Professor Bradford also served
    at the War Gaming and Simulation Center, National Defense University,
    Fort McNair, Virginia, and was an advisor to Chairman of the Joint
    Chiefs of Staff Shalikashvili."

    In her column today, Holladay noted that an academic friend of
    Bradford's "confirmed what others in academia have told me:
    Universities don't check every detail in resumes. 'I don't think that
    anyone comes off looking very good in this,' he said."

    Holladay added: "That includes me."

    "John Murtha was a decorated, 37-year veteran. Jean Schmidt, I'm
    guessing -- judging from her outfit -- was a 1970s gymnast." -- Tina Fey