Still, Mar­garet A. Burnham, a law pro­fessor and the founder of the Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Pro­gram at the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law, said these let­ters mat­tered, even if devoid of resolution.

Set­ting aside whether the F.B.I. could have done more, I respect the dig­nity with which they are accepting respon­si­bility for let­ting fam­i­lies know how jus­tice failed them,” Ms. Burnham said. “Whether it’s a suf­fi­cient thing, I don’t know. But it’s a nec­es­sary thing.”

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