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Professor to testify in Alito hearings

Erwin Chemerinsky, professor of law and political science, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committe Thursday in hearings about the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. In a 2005 NPR interview, Chemerinsky said Alito's conservative views on federal power could threaten some basic rights protected by Congress.

Chemerinsky, who has testified and argued previously in cases before the Supreme Court, has been the Alston and Bird professor of law at Duke since 2004.


Term paper lawsuit settled

Duke graduate student Blue Macellari and a website operator reached an agreement this week in a lawsuit in which Macellari accused the operator of posting her term paper online without her permission. Details about the settlement have not been disclosed.

Macellari filed suit against Rusty Carroll, who operates two web companies, in August, citing copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and damage to her reputation after a paper she wrote was made available on several websites registered to Caroll's companies.

Macellari's attorney said his client is satisfied with the case settlement. Carroll released a statement saying he is also pleased.


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