Sounds like "Taxpayer" may not be an attorney. The term, "assault", has a very broad legal definition which includes instilling fear in the person assaulted (an actual strike is not required). Yesterday, the same reporter who tried to accost Mr. Riel on Monday almost struck Mr. Dillow in the face with her microphone -- which would have given rise to an assault charge by Mr. Dillow (he had to actually step backward in order to avoid being hit) -- and as a result of the reporter's aggressive actions, Mr. Riel almost fell down the stairs. If the news media would simply be patient and allow the legal process to take its course, or barring that, if the news media would approach politely, then it might find the parties to be much more willing to give an interview. However, the papparazziesque manner in which the media is conducting itself is reckless and unprofessional. The media is also reporting the case incorrectly. For example, Mr. Riel has been charged not with "indecent liberties with a minor", as stated on the news last night, but rather with "indecent liberties with a student", which is a much lighter crime carrying no possible jail sentence. Both the media and the "commenters" should do their homework before posting libelous comments regarding professionals on the web.
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