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Be Quick to Hear, Be Slow to Speak

She’s Innocent. We’re Guilty. By JULIA BAIRD [ NYT ] ULURU, the large red rock in the Australian outback, is a sacred site for aboriginal people. Photographs do not convey how dramatically it looms: an enormous crimson heart in the middle of thousands of miles of flat, muted desert. It was here, on Aug. 17, 1980 , that a dingo — an Australian wild dog — dragged a baby called Azaria Chamberlain from a tent as her parents sat by the campfire. Her body was never found. Azaria’s desperate mother, Lindy, was accused of lying, convicted of murder and sent to prison. The film about her, “A Cry in the Dark,” starring Meryl Streep, spawned a thousand jokes: “A dingo’s got my baby!” It was not until this week that Lindy and her ex-husband, Michael, were finally given the   vindication   they longed for: a death certificate that stated that the cause of Azaria’s death was a dingo attack. Why did it take three decades, tens of millions of dollars, a criminal case appealed in Australia


"And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years;  and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years.  Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month;  on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.  And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a Jubilee for you;  and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.  That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you . . .  For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. "In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.  And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another . . . If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among y