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October 20, 2009

John Edwards: An Oct. 12 article in Section A about North Carolina's divided views of John Edwards, its former senator who admitted having an extramarital affair, mischaracterized part of an interview with University of North Carolina Law School Dean Jack Boger, and a correction published Oct. 13 said the error was made in editing but did not fully explain the mistake. The article reported that Boger said that the fall of Edwards reminded him of a certain passage from the Book of Psalms, and that Boger pulled down a Bible and pointed out a line from the 22nd Psalm, "I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people." In fact, Boger did not point to the verse quoted in the article; that error was produced in editing when two sentences were combined and extra wording added. The article correctly reported that Boger said, after looking at a Bible, that the psalm was not one he had been thinking of as applying to the Edwards saga. Boger ultimately declined to point to any specific citation as applying to Edwards.

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