HOUSTON – I’ve heard a few rumors and seen several online comments to the effect that my story on favoritism in admissions at the University of Texas School of Law Tuesday must have been the product of leaked confidential records.

I’m flattered, in a way, although I suspect the real reason anyone would make such an accusation is to discredit UT Regent Wallace Hall. Rusty Hardin tried that approach in his 2,380-page report, implying Hall had been the source of National Review reporter Kevin Williamson’s discovery that Rep. Jim Pitts pulled strings for his son, despite Williamson’s repeated explanations and denials.

Most of the commenters at the popular legal blog abovethelaw.com were scandalized by the findings, but a few took shots at Hall.