from the needs-more-time-to-think-about-it dept
We’ve made it clear that we feel the criminal charges filed against Lori Drew for her participation in creating a fake persona on MySpace, which eventually resulted in the suicide of Megan Meier, a teenaged ex-friend of Drew’s daughter is highly questionable. It is not against the law to be a jerk online — and many people seem to be reacting emotionally rather than rationally to the facts of this case. Drew wasn’t trying to make anyone commit suicide, and no one has explained how the lawsuit would be different if the fake “boy” had been a real boy. Since there was no real law broken, prosecutors twisted a computer fraud law in a way that would basically make most internet users felons.
However, while the judge in the case is examining various briefs pointing this out, as well as ones taking the other side, he’s not yet ready to dismiss the case, as he rejected two motions to dismiss the case. However, that may change, as he says he wants more time to consider a third motion to dismiss the case, concerning whether or not the case actually states the offense. Assuming he agrees not to dismiss the case, the actual lawsuit will begin early next month.