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

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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.

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    Almost Anonymous, 8 May 2009 @ 10:19am

    Re: who/what/where?

    Gee, you had to Google something? How horrible for you. However, if you take a look at TechDirt's archives (and guess what, you're going to have to find them yourself) you'll see that this story has actually been followed rather closely as it has evolved.

    On the other hand, I do agree that -someone- failed, but in this case it wasn't Mike.

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