Lori Drew Case Hinges on Dangerous Technicality

Lori Drew was convicted of actions basically unrelated to what most people think she did, but even those convictions may not be what is best for you and me, or for the Internet.According to court testimony, the 49-year-old Drew participated in an online ruse — she pretended to be a 16-year-old boy on MySpace — that ultimately led 13-year-old Megan Meier to hang herself in a bedroom closet. Assuming the testimony is accurate, the girl’s death was a direct result of actions by Drew and a young woman who worked for her. It is hard to put into words the level of revulsion one feels about people who would do this sort of thing to another human, much less to an adolescent. It turns out, however, that acting in this vile way on the Internet is not illegal — just immoral.
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When a Los Angeles jury convicted a Missouri woman last week in the online bullying of a 13-year-old girl who then took her own life, it felt like justice.

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