Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Myspace Suicide

This case has now passed into the history books with it's final drawn-out, dismissal but I wish to highlight a few things that escaped my notice before.

1) Lori DREW, the mother who was charged as the agent of the cyber bullying to "mess with" the unfortunate young, troubled girl, Megan MEIER who subsequently committed suicide, was a single mom.

2) None of the original, sensational criminal charges stuck if only because "cyber-bullying" can not meet the test of a felony crime. It was the only federal statute that could be applied, but fell apart because it would have basically criminalized a "breach of contract" - which makes no sense. There is now a "cyber-bullying" law in Missouri where the offenses occurred. The State of Missouri prosecutors declined to press charges, by the Federal Government decided to on a long shot and lost.

3) An 18 yr old family friend/employee Ashley GRILLS who gained immunity for her testimony against Ms. DREW, admitted that it was her idea to start the hoax and in fact she created the online persona "Josh" used to torment Megan.

4) On Nov 26, 2008 the federal jury could not reach a verdict on the main charge against 49-year-old Lori Drew — conspiracy — and rejected three other felony counts of accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm. Judgement had been reserved for May 18, 2009, it was postponed a number of time but finally was rendered last week July 2, 2009.

All charges against Ms. Lori DEW were dismissed.

Archive - 2009jul02-judge-acquits-lori-drew-in-cyberbulling-case-pdf

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