- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2016

A North Carolina sheriff’s office was considering criminal charges, including inciting a riot, against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, but decided against that path Monday evening.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office issued two statements Monday regarding a rally last week in Fayetteville, where a Trump supporter punched a protester as he was being led out by security.

In the earlier statement, the Sheriff’s Office said it was considering charging Mr. Trump with inciting a riot over the attack against a protester by John McGraw, 78, who already had been charged with assault.

But the later statement said there would be no charges against the tycoon because “the evidence does not meet the requisites of the law as established under the relevant North Carolina statute and case law to support a conviction of the crime of inciting a riot.”

“Accordingly, we will not be seeking a warrant or indictment against Mr. Trump or his campaign for these offenses,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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