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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Who Made Blago Almost Flunk Out of Pepperdine: Alexander Hamilton or Farrah Fawcett?

Pepperdine University logo Conflicting accounts in Rod Blagojevich's testimony on Thursday on why he almost flunked out of Pepperdine in his first year of law school:
  • Bloomberg[Blago] attended law school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He described his first year in law school as “almost catastrophic,” and said he was put on academic probation. Distractions, including seeing [Michael] Landon, [Dyan] Cannon and [Farrah] Fawcett training at his local health club, made for an atmosphere that “was not that conducive to studying law.” 
  • Chicago Sun-Times:  While attending Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, Blagojevich said he was distracted — by history books, not the beaches. “I had a man-crush on Alexander Hamilton,” said Blagojevich, who has a well-known tendency to talk history. His grades slipped to a failing average. “That was very embarrassing to me,” Blagojevich said of landing on academic probation his first year of law school. “I felt like I’d let my parents down because they’d work so hard.”
  • WGNIt was his obsession with reading history books that led Blagojevich to almost flunk out of law school at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., he said, not time spent on the beach as he has joked in the past. "I had a man crush on Alexander Hamilton," he offered.
  • Wikipedia"I went to law school at a place called Pepperdine in Malibu, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean — a lot of surfing and movie stars and all the rest. I barely knew where that law library was."

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Well he defintely didn't pass the ethics course.

Posted by: Sid (real one) | May 28, 2011 11:58:46 AM