Will Online Harassment Law Be Used Against Those Harassing Lori Drew?

from the irony-alert dept

The story of the Missouri girl who committed suicide after being insulted by a fake child created by some neighbors keeps getting odder. As you may recall, the police decided (reasonably) that Lori Drew, the woman who participated in setting up and using the fake profile, was found not to have committed a crime. However, the town where they live recently passed a new law against online harassment, which seemed like a kneejerk reaction more than anything else. Still, the law was clearly directed at actions like those of Drew, Drew's daughter and another friend. However, in something of a twist, it now appears that this new law may actually be used against the hordes of folks now attacking Drew and her family online. Remember that a bunch of online vigilantes have taken it upon themselves to harass Drew for her participation in the hoax that resulted in the suicide -- even setting up a fake blog supposedly written by Drew trying to justify the actions. Drew insists she has nothing to do with the blog and it's part of the harassment campaign against her. While it does seem somewhat ironic that a law that was put in place basically because of Drew's actions may now be used to protect her, the lengths that these vigilantes are going to shows yet another example of just how far online mobs can go when they decide they want justice.

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    ehrichweiss, 10 Dec 2007 @ 6:56pm

    Re: Re: I have followed this case...

    Was it a crime? YES, actually harassment is a crime and that's what this was. It could also be looked at as a fraudulent transaction revolving around the creation of false identities intended to appear as real harassment. It wouldn't be a crime that would remotely do any justice to Megan's death but there were crimes committed.

    That being said, I hope the Drews live in fear for their safety for many years to come, especially the safety of their precious little girl. I would honestly laugh if I were to hear that the Drews had a home invasion and every member was gang raped repeatedly, then tortured and slowly killed like the pigs they are. Because sometimes justice works much better WITHOUT the law impeding it. Or "Here it's not justice, it's JUST US"

    It's not just 13 year old girls that are susceptible to suicide due to peer pressure. If you do a little digging(and only a little is needed) you will find a variety of ages, sexes and lifestyles of people who will commit suicide or murder/suicide when their world is pulled out from under them.

    Here's a list:

    Budd Dwyer, Comedian Phil Hartman's wife(and himself), Christine Chubbuck, a few of those priests accused of molestation, Daniel Jones, the list goes on and on and on

    Some of these people were very powerful and very smart and then suddenly they had nothing else to live for. Unfortunately for Megan, this wasn't even something she did, as it was in Dwyer's case, it was a hoax intended to emotionally harm. If I find your deepest fear, create a small community to welcome you as the best friends you've ever had and put you on a pedestal then when the community plays on your fear and turns on you, you will suddenly find yourself in despair. This is why so many feared excommunication from the Church; to be ostracized was to take away not simply a friend or two but their entire support network.

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