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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Aruba Suspect Makes Tearful Apology From Senate Floor

Posted by a4g @ 6/22/2005 06:41:00 AM

In an historic moment in US Senate history, Joran van der Sloot, suspected in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, made a heartfelt apology on the floor of the Senate late yesterday.

In a statement that lasted just five minutes, van der Sloot was contrite and, at times, on the verge of tears. He explained that he had had an instantaneous attraction to Natalee-- but admitted that he may have gone too far.

"Some may believe that I crossed the line," said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the 17-year-old also apologized to anyone in Natalee's family who felt insulted by his actions.

"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.

Top Democrats have been extremely receptive to the apology, inviting van der Sloot to speak at a fundraiser just an hour after the speech.

UPDATE: We have received several emails scolding us for making a comparison between a US Senator and a suspect in what everyone fears is the kidnapping, rape, and murder of an innocent young lady from Alabama.

Readers, more than most people, a blogger lives by his words. Words are the coin of the realm in our profession. Occasionally, words will fail us, and occasionally, we will fail words. After reading the horrible details of Natalee's disappearance, we then, on our own, our own words, made some characterizations about Dick Durbin. We made reference to the rape, torture and killing of a young woman. Readers, we've come to understand that was a very poor choice of words. We sincerely regret if what we said caused anyone to misunderstand our true feelings. We're sorry if anything we said caused any offense to the august Senator from Illinois. There's usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, if the end brings me out right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn't make any difference.

Linked on Mudville, Outside the Beltway, Basil's Blog.


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