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Chief Justice responds to GU Law professor

As reported in this paper and others, the news media was briefly distracted last week by a rumor that Chief Justice John Roberts was going to step down for health reasons.

The rumor was spread by Georgetown Law students, who had heard it from a professor, who had made it up. Professor Peter Tague planted the canard in class as part of a lesson on the credibility of sources. By the time he explained that the information was false, students had spread the story into cyberspace.

On Tuesday, speaking to Alabama law students, Roberts replied.

"I do have to announce something," Roberts told the students. "Apparently the professor who said that has been so overwhelmed, he's decided to leave teaching. I feel sorry about it, but what can you do."

Students laughed. It was hard to know, though, if Roberts was joking.

Has Tague, a tenured professor, resigned? Was Roberts planting a false rumor about the man who had planted a false rumor about him?

A Georgetown Law spokeswoman said Tague was not resigning, without further elaboration.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  March 10, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Labor , Online , Pedagogy  | Tags: Georgetown University, law schools, pedagogy  
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