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Cavalier Daily Editor-in-Chief Goes Before UJC

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UPDATE:  UVA's judiciary committee ruled Tuesday evening that they did not have jurisdiction in the case against Cavalier Daily Editor-in-Chief Jason Ally.  The charges have been dropped.  Click here to read the Cavalier Daily article on the ruling.


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An aspiring journalist at the University of Virginia is facing a decision Tuesday night that could affect his academic future.  Jason Ally, editor-in-chief of the Cavalier Daily, will go before UVA's judiciary committee for reports published in the school's newspaper.

The university's honor committee says the newspaper printed an article that interfered with their work.  Now Ally is under fire.

Initially, the honor committee had a case against a former staff writer accused of plagiarizing several articles.  An editorial was then published, addressing what the writer did and why the managing board reported her to the university.

The judicial committee claimed there was too much information in the editorial to maintain the writer's confidentiality.  Ally says there's no reason to charge him.

"I do think that once all of the facts are laid out, all of the testimony is laid out that it'll be very clear that I've done nothing wrong and so, my hope is that I'll be cleared of any potential wrongdoing," he said.

Five students that managed the paper during the incident were all charged, but the only one going before the committee now will be Ally.  He has a fourth-year student representing him Tuesday evening.

The committee decides on a case-by-case basis what any punishment will be, so even the accused leader of the paper doesn't know what kind of consequences he faces.

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