Misdemeanor Conviction in MySpace Suicide Case
LOS ANGELES – A jury has convicted a Missouri mother of lesser, misdemeanor crimes in the MySpace cyber-bullying case linked to a 13-year-old girl’s suicide.
The Los Angeles federal court jury on Wednesday rejected felony charges of accessing a computer without authorization to inflict emotional distress on young Megan Meier.
However, the jury found defendant Lori Drew guilty of three counts of the lesser offense of accessing a computer without authorization.
The jurors could not reach a verdict on a conspiracy count.
Prosecutors said Drew violated the MySpace terms of service by conspiring with her young daughter and a business assistant to create a fictitious profile of a teen boy on the MySpace social networking site to harass Megan.
Megan, who had been treated for depression, hanged herself in 2006 after receiving a message saying the world would be better without her.
Hmmm . . . not sure how I would have voted if I were on the jury.
I’ve said nasty things to (and about) people – does that make me a murderer or a conspirator if they are unstable it pushes them over the edge?
God help all concerned, especially the girl who killed herself.