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Media Should Contact Attorney

This comment is somewhat correct; however, it does not tell the entire story. The failure to appear should not have been issued and was, in fact, an error on the Clerk's part. Clerks handle huge volumes of cases and therefore, mistakes are inevitable. The failure to appear, being issued by mistake, was subsequently stricken. Mr. Riel's attorney was in fact in a trial in another county all day yesterday, and Mr. Riel's case may be continued to another term due again to the court's caseload. The reporter's characterization of this being an attempt on Mr. Riel's part to avoid the system and/or jail time is completely inaccurate, and the manner in which the reporter tried to accost Mr. Riel is completely inexcusable. As to the nature of any plea that Mr. Riel may enter, if any, that information is confidential, and any further contacts by the media should be directed to Mr. Riel's attorney, Robert E. Dillow, Jr. of Wilmington.


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