As I understand, one of the major grievances of the community recently over the situation with Monica is that the Stack Exchange team has not apologized for or admitted to any wrongdoing over making public statements that negatively affect Monica's reputation, here on Meta, per-site metas, and also in the press.
In a few places I have seen speculation that these statements are libelous, and suggestions for Monica to take legal action against Stack Exchange.
I have a strong suspicion that the Stack Exchange team will not explicitly admit to wrongdoing with respect to publicly maligning Monica's reputation, because such a statement would likely be legally damaging to them if this issue is ever litigated. I believe that this is the explanation for their frustratingly cold silence and unsatisfying apologies recently.
For the same reason, I suspect that a major obstacle to reinstating Monica is that doing so is tantamount to admitting fault. Perhaps they hoped Monica would follow the new reinstatement process so that they could in some way assuage the issue without admitting to wrongdoing on their side.
The community has been hoping for and repeatedly asking Stack Exchange to reinstate Monica and apologize for the public statements they made, but this might not be realistically possible because of the legal consequences of doing so.
If this is the case, is there any possible way to move forward and somehow resolve the issue?
Are there any possible actions that Stack Exchange can take towards
- restoring the community's trust, and
- righting the wrongs done to Monica,
without doing anything that their legal counsel would advise against?
Alternatively, are there any actions that Monica can take that would allow Stack Exchange to freely apologize for wrongdoing without fear of legal repercussions?
Edit: Stack Exchange has made a post essentially confirming these suspicions