SIMMONS: Drawn-out justice in Sean Taylor’s death still stings

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Saying that Hunte has insisted he never ventured inside Taylor’s home, Mr. Fenno then quotes Hunte as writing to The Times: “I wish I would’ve had better judgement of the people I surrounded myself with that night,” and “I just wish [Taylor] hadn’t passed away. It was an unfortunate situation, but there was no malice on my behalf.”

Taylor’s relatives, friends and Redskins Nation do, too.

Now we all wait, just like Hunte, for movement toward justice.

Not so much for closure, because some wounds, especially deep, old wounds, never fully heal.

America’s judicial system is the best and fairest on this planet, but it’s easy to understand why the defendants also don’t want to rush a reckoning and run up against St. Peter.

Len Bias, for his part, seemingly was the opposite, anxious to face the possible.

It was not to be.

This sports fan stands with Pedro Taylor, Sean’s dad, who is quoted by Mr. Fenno as having said not long ago, “There’s never going to be any closure” and “I respect the fact that God makes no mistakes.”

I suspect that because of the many twists and delays in their murder trials, the defendants in the death of Sean Taylor have had similar thoughts as well — especially with so much behind-bars time on their hands.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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