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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    known coward, 11 Dec 2007 @ 6:04am

    edited for correction

    edited for correction There is a mob here for a reason. The DA "quite unreasonably" found that a crime was not commnitted. Clearly the people of the town believe differently. If the state fails in its contract with the people to pursue justice, the people will do it on their own. Ms. Drew, contrary to the beliefs of the operators of this site, deserves serious jail time for her actions in the death of the little girl. Adults are not allowed to bully children either in person or on line. If the state will NOT institute justice, the people will. And it will be in the only form a mob can exact justice (someone most likely the deserved Ms Drew) is going to get hurt. THe state by not trying Ms. Drew is harming both the sense of justice we all have, and putting Ms. Drews life in danger. Sorry Mike, I am with the Mob here. The woman deserves serious jail time, and the states obligation is to provide it. Sometimes the mob is right.

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