A US judge has acquitted a Missouri woman over her role in a computer hoax directed at a year-old neighbour who later killed herself. District Judge George Wu stressed the ruling in the case of Lori Drew was tentative until issued in writing. Drew, 50, was convicted last year after allegedly creating a fake MySpace page to find out what Megan Meier was saying about her daughter. But the judge said on Thursday that if she had been convicted for breaking the social networking site's terms of service, "you could prosecute pretty much anyone who violated terms of service".
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Dead Teen's Mother Testifies about Daughter's Vulnerability in MySpace Suicide Case -- Update
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By Dan Whitcomb. Customers use computers inside an internet cafe in Changzhi, Shanxi province April 25, Prosecutors say Lori Drew and others created the fake MySpace persona of a year-old boy to woo neighbor Megan Meier for several weeks, then abruptly ended the relationship and said the world would be better off without her. Experts said the indictment, which was handed down in Los Angeles after Missouri authorities declined to prosecute Drew, was a first of its kind and could stretch the bounds of the federal statute on which it was based. Lonergan said Drew was charged with accessing a protected computer to obtain information, a statute typically used against defendants who hack into government computers. Several hours after the final message, Meier, who had argued with her mother over the relationship, hanged herself in the closet of her bedroom in a St. After the incident became widely known, the Drew family was shunned by members of the community, targeted for abuse on the Internet and their small advertising business was vandalized.
Teen Commits Suicide Due to Bullying: Parents Sue School for Son's Death
The ruling reveals the limits of the law in cracking down on the growing problem of bullying online. July 3, The Missouri mom whose Internet hoax prompted a year-old girl to commit suicide was acquitted Thursday, though the judge said the ruling would not be final until he put it in writing — hinting he could still change his mind.
No, this isn't about the Megan Meier suicide debacle. It's about another, older but equally tragic episode. The family of a fifteen-year-old girl who committed suicide in after a sexual relationship with a twenty-seven-year-old man she met on MySpace is suing the popular social networking site for negligence and violation of products liability law i. The crux of the complaint is that MySpace negligently "provided an unprotected social networking site absent of any legitimate means of preventing contact bretween sexual predators and minors. The family filed suit against MySpace in state court in Texas in December , also naming as a defendant Kiley Ryan Bowers, the man who allegedly had a relationship with the deceased.