MySpace cyberbulling conviction tentatively dismissed
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 03/07/2009 16:56
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday tentatively threw out the conviction of a Missouri woman for her role in a cruel Internet hoax on a teenage girl who ended up committing suicide.
The decision by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, which will not become final until he files a written ruling, was a blow to prosecutors who had hoped to send the message that cyber-bullying is a crime. Wu had repeatedly delayed sentencing to consider a defense motion to dismiss the entire case.
Judge Throws Out Conviction in Cyberbullying Case
A federal judge on Thursday threw out the conviction of a Missouri woman on charges of computer fraud for her role in creating a false MySpace account to dupe a teenager, who later committed suicide.
The judge, George H. Wu, said that he was tentatively acquitting the woman, Lori Drew, of misdemeanor counts of gaining access to computers without authorization and that the ruling would be final when he issued his written decision.
Judge overturns guilty verdict in MySpace suicide case
The woman at the centre of a high-profile online bullying case was exonerated by a US judge today - despite having previously been found guilty of computer crimes that led to the suicide of her teenage neighbour.
At a sentencing hearing in Los Angeles earlier today, Lori Drew, 50, was told that the verdict of a Californian jury would be overturned and she would not face imprisonment for her role in the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier, who killed herself in 2006 after being bullied on MySpace.
'MySpace Mom' acquitted in cyberbullying case
The Missouri mom whose Internet hoax prompted a 13-year-old girl to commit suicide was acquitted Thursday, though the judge said the ruling would not be final until he put it in writing - hinting he could still change his mind.
The case was being closely watched by legal experts nationwide. It is one of the first to define how law enforcement might prosecute crimes related to the growing issue of cyberbullying.
Judge to acquit MySpace 'bully'
A US judge has indicated that he will overturn the conviction of a Missouri woman accused of "cyber-bullying" a 13-year-old girl who later killed herself.
Lori Drew was alleged to have posed as a teenage boy on MySpace and sent flirtatious messages to Megan Meier.
After the fake boy "dumped" Ms Meier online, she committed suicide.
Judge tentatively acquits woman in MySpace case [AP]
A federal judge on Thursday tentatively threw out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.
U.S. District Judge George Wu said he was acquitting Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization but stressed the ruling was tentative until he issues it in writing. He noted the case of a judge who changed his mind after ruling.
Drew showed no reaction to the decision.