• UNC at Chapel Hill could be sued over Confederate statue

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    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A New York-based law firm representing 12 students and a professor at North Carolina's flagship public university is pressing the school to remove a Confederate soldier statue.

    An attorney wrote Wednesday to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials contending the 1913 statue nicknamed "Silent Sam" violates federal anti-discrimination laws.

    [READ MORE: Hundreds protest on UNC campus against 'Silent Sam' Confederate statue]

    The warning comes from Hampton Dellinger, a Durham attorney with the firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner on behalf of the students, the professor and the Black Law Students Association.

    Chancellor Carol Folt has said the school lacks the legal authority to act because of a 2015 state law that prevents removing or altering a public monument.

    Campus spokesman Joel Curran said Wednesday the students raised questions about federal civil rights law that will need to be addressed.

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