I read with interest your Nov. 29 article about Gianforte's assault on a reporter. Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert is quoted as saying: "Misleading the cops or lying to the cops in and of itself is not a crime. Something has to result from that that actually sets back the investigation...."
Your article failed to mention that the lie did set back the investigation. 1. Gianforte avoided immediate incarceration for the assault. Normally when ordinary citizens assault someone, they are taken into police custody for at least twenty-four hours. 2. Newspapers did not report the truth as truth -- that eye witnesses and a recording verified that Gianforte had assaulted a reporter for asking a question he did not want to answer, but that an "alleged assault" had occurred, giving equal space to "the lie" that the reporter had grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both had fallen in the struggle that ensued.
The result of the lie was that the verdict was delayed. Voters were not given access to the whole truth until long after the election was over. Enough doubt about the truth had been placed into the minds of voters that they still voted for a man who very willfully assaulted a member of the press and then lied about that assault.