Asked if there were any cases or issues from his past that he regretted, Sharpton issues a declarative "No." Each and every one, he says, "I would take again. I might have done them differently, but I would have taken the cases because the cases I took I saw a need to take them, and that need has not in any way been weakened over the years." That goes, too, for the Tawana Brawley case from the late 1980s, which to many seemed like a tragic, costly mistake of Sharpton and his colleagues campaigning on behalf of a young woman whose baseless accusations of being raped by racists became a national embarrassment. "Absolutely not," he says, when asked if he had any regrets.