Lori Drew Not Guilty Of Felonies, But Guilty Of Misdemeanors

from the twisty-laws dept

In the landmark cyberbullying case, Lori Drew was found not guilty of three felonies, but guilty of three misdemeanors. The jury is deadlocked on the fourth count of felony conspiracy. The three counts of "accessing a computer without authorization" relate to the creation of a fictitious account on MySpace that was used to engage in an online relationship with Megan Meier. This verdict is not surprising considering the emotionally charged nature of this case. Prosecutors were desperate to convict Lori Drew of something, despite the fact that she may not have technically done anything illegal. If what Lori Drew did was truly criminal, then laws need to be passed to make it that way. To twist around computer fraud laws to simply get a conviction not only sets a dangerous precedent, but it is not the appropriate way to serve justice.

Filed Under: computer fraud, lori drew, megan meier
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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Nov 2008 @ 2:57pm

    Ok, My confusion is how would this be any different then sending a threating letter via snail mail.

    My understanding of the case is the Lori conspired with her dau and third person to make up a fictious profile on My Space with the sole purpose of harassing Megan Meier.

    Now, whether Lori Drew can be help responsible for Megan's actions, I understand is a problem spot.

    But Lori's actions via the computer should still be considered harrasment. The same as if she said them in person or in a letter.

    And since she did this with her dau and a thrid person that makes it consipracy.

    Doesn't it?

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