Prosecutors Want To Give Lori Drew 3 Years In Jail For Symbolic Reasons

from the sickening dept

As the sentencing phase of the Lori Drew trial moves forward, prosecutors are asking for three years in jail, well beyond what she should get based on normal sentencing guidelines. So, why? It's not because of anything she actually did, but because of what she represents:
"Defendant has become the public face of cyberbullying. A probationary sentence might embolden others to use the Internet to torment and exploit children."
It's hard to have any more direct proof that this case has never been about what Lori Drew actually did and whether it was a crime, but about some grandstanding prosecutors looking to create a PR campaign. Even worse, the prosecutors seem to be focusing on the cyberbullying issue even though that's not what the trial was even about. She was convicted of computer fraud in giving a false name to MySpace, violating its terms of service. The actual "cyberbullying" isn't what she's on trial for at all. It's really rather despicable to see the legal process twisted, in a Salem Witch Trial type of show, in which the sentencing recommendation has no relation to the actual conviction.

Filed Under: cyberbullying, hacking, lori drew, sentencing, symbolic


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 May 2009 @ 6:20pm

    Re: Re:

    Exactly. If Megan was so very unstable that even some bullying and mean words would give her reason to commit suicide, and her parents KNEW this, why was she not more carefully monitored? Why was she even allowed on the internet if she was so emotionally defective?

    If even her parents didn't think she'd commit suicide from bullying (by the fact that they did not take the proper measures to protect her) how in the world was Lori to know that!?

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