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Protesters demanding his resignation gather outside the governor's mansion in Richmond on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after a racist photo of Gov. Ralph Northam was found in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

There's a reason that we have a statute of limitations for many crimes. It's thought that for most crimes, a period of time in which the perpetrator lives an honest, productive life, usually seven years, should protect a person from prosecution.

Unfortunately, in the case of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, what he may or may not have done isn't even a crime (“Ben Jealous, John Delaney join in calls for Virginia governor to resign,” Feb. 2).

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That's not to say that it wasn't a bad thing to do. It was bad, but it wasn't a crime or a misdemeanor. Therefore, there's no written statute of limitations.

It is time to recognize that even for a distant history of racism, the subsequent life well-lived within the bounds of civility and racial tolerance should allow Governor Northam to be given credit for having become a good citizen.

Impeaching him or asking him to resign is unjust.

Dr. Henry Farkas, Pikesville

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