Bad Decisions: Judge Allows Evidence Of Suicide In Lori Drew Computer Fraud Case

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While the entire lawsuit against Lori Drew is a joke, the one good thing was that it appeared the judge was going to exclude any evidence related to Megan Meier's suicide -- as the fact that the girl committed suicide has no bearing on whether or not Drew violated computer fraud laws. Unfortunately, though, the judge has now reversed himself and will allow such evidence to be presented at the trial. This makes the case officially ridiculous. There is simply no way that Drew can get a fair trial.

She is being charged with computer fraud. The fact that a girl eventually committed suicide should have absolutely no bearing on whether or not computer fraud happened. But, because of the emotional connection to the fact that a girl committed suicide, some folks want to string up someone out of revenge. Unfortunately, the emotions surrounding the case will lead way too many people to conclude that it's okay to find a woman guilty on an entirely separate issue that will set a horrible precedent. At this point, it's quite clear that the lawsuit has nothing to do with the actual law, but it's an attempt to punish someone because a young girl killed herself. It's understandable that people are angry over Megan Meier's suicide, but that's simply no excuse for twisting laws for lynch-mob justice.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2008 @ 12:09pm

    Re: well

    I hardly think it's fair to say that Mike is "for the coronation of Lori Drew." It's a matter of legal principle. A (overused) example is the NYCLU defending the KKK's right to protest in New York City. Just because something feels like it should be illegal or feels immoral doesn't mean that the law should be twisted to suit the emotional response of the community.

    I'm not a legal type, but this type of evidence should be excluded because it is irrelevant to the case. the indictment is on computer fraud, not murder.

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