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Old 07-02-2009, 02:51 PM
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Federal judge tosses verdict in Megan Meier cyberbullying case!

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LOS ANGELES -- In a stunning move, a federal judge has tentatively decided to reverse a jury's verdicts and acquit a Missouri woman who had been convicted of computer fraud charges stemming from an Internet hoax that prompted a teenage girl to commit suicide.

Lori Drew was convicted in November of three misdemeanor counts of illegally accessing a protected computer.

She was expected to be sentenced today in a widely publicized "cyber bullying" case that resulted in the suicide of a 13-year-old girl.

The charges stemmed from the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier, who committed suicide after being "dumped" on MySpace by a fictitious boy Drew helped create.

U.S. District Judge George H. Wu says his decision is tentative, and will not become final until he issues a written ruling.

Drew was charged after the 2006 suicide of Meier, a friend of the woman's daughter, who lived four doors down the street from the Meiers in Dardenne Prairie, Mo.

The girl, who was being treated for depression, hanged herself at home after reading a MySpace posting from " Josh Evans," a fake persona invented by Drew and two unindicted co-conspirators.

The message told the girl the world would be "better off without her", according to prosecutors.

Members of the Meier family may speak before the court during the sentencing, which is scheduled to take place in downtown Los Angeles.

Prosecutors want Drew to serve three years in federal prison, although probation officers have recommended she receive probation and pay a $5,000 fine.

Drew's attorney says she should not go to jail or pay a fine because she has already suffered financially as a result of the case.

Jurors rejected felony charges that she used a computer to intentionally inflict emotional harm to the girl.

The panel also deadlocked on a felony count of conspiracy, and prosecutors decided not to retry her on that count.

Drew's attorney said at trial that Drew never knew the teen had a history of depression. But Megan's mother -- Tina Meier -- testified that she had discussed her daughter's depression with Drew before the suicide. Drew did not testify.

Although the case took place in Missouri, the trial was set in Los Angeles because MySpace is based in Beverly Hills.
Sentencing in "Cyber-Bullying" Case Set for Today - KTLA

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U.S. District Judge George Wu said he was tentatively acquitting Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization.

Drew was convicted in November, but the judge said that if she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of service would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Judge to acquit mom in MySpace suicide - Crime & courts- msnbc.com




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Old 07-02-2009, 02:58 PM
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Cool, good to know that being mean over the internet won't result in jail time
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:03 PM
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I remember this, and think the woman is a sleeze and deserves to get the shit kicked out of her.

But, governing the internet is a slippery slope. So, I guess I agree with the ruling, even though I think what this woman did was absolutely dreadful. At least her professional life is most likely ruined forever.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:07 PM
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she did it for the lulz
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Definitely the right call, and yes that woman is a disgusting pig.
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Hear that Shelley?

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an hero.

its all about the lulz
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Does this mean I can tell Stone Cold Love to go be an hero without repercussion?
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actually, you can tell him the world would be better off without him with no repercussion.
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actually, you can tell him the world would be better off without him with no repercussion.
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I was actually really annoyed by this when it happened. Nobody forced that girl to commit suicide - she made the choice on her own. The woman who made those posts is a jerk, but she is in no way responsible directly for that poor girl's suicide.
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I have never spent the time to analyze how I felt about this case and I don't know how I feel about the outcome either, so bear with me here. Now, keep in mind I am not a lawyer and, again, I don't have my mind made up either way.

If the woman would have bullied that girl face-to-face until she committed suicide, could the woman, then, be held liable for the girl's death? I guess my question is, taking the Internet out of the equation, is bullying (even when it does not result in a suicide) a "convictable" criminal offense?
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...If the woman would have bullied that girl face-to-face until she committed suicide, could the woman, then, be held liable for the girl's death? I guess my question is, taking the Internet out of the equation, is bullying (even when it does not result in a suicide) a "convictable" criminal offense?

Good point!
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I am happy about the verdict, but what kind of grown ass adult has time to bully kids on the internet? I think they should lock her in a small room with me for about 10 minutes.
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that's what makes it all so pathetic
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I have never spent the time to analyze how I felt about this case and I don't know how I feel about the outcome either, so bear with me here. Now, keep in mind I am not a lawyer and, again, I don't have my mind made up either way.

If the woman would have bullied that girl face-to-face until she committed suicide, could the woman, then, be held liable for the girl's death? I guess my question is, taking the Internet out of the equation, is bullying (even when it does not result in a suicide) a "convictable" criminal offense?
harassment could be considered a cause for a wrongful death action, depending on the circumstances. the big thing here is that Megan did not have to continue talking to the "boy" nor continue going on MySpace - harassment needs to be pervasive, unwanted, and unwelcome. MySpace by definition is not pervasive.
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