Bench Memos

Re: Baseless Roberts Rumor

Above the Law explains how the baseless Roberts retirement rumor got started: 

Our criminal justice professor [writes a Georgetown law student] started our 9 am lecture with the news that roberts will be resigning tomorow for health reasons — that he could not handle the administrative burdens of the job. He would not say how he knows — but halfway through our lecture on the credibility and reliability of informants he revealed that the Roberts rumor was made up to show how someone you ordinarily think is credible and reliable (ie a law professor) can disseminate inaccurate information.

Alas, there are still many law students who somehow think of most law professors as credible and reliable.

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