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A woman who harassed a teenager via MySpace wants probation and fine

A Missouri woman who was convicted of three misdemeanors related to the MySpace harassment of a teenager who committed suicide will likely face probation and a $5,000 fine, according to a report.

The attorney for Lori Drew filed a pre-sentence report urging the court to go with probation and a fine.  Furthermore, her lawyer, H. Dean Steward, also wants the convictions to be dismissed.  Steward said MySpace wasn't to blame, and the girl's alleged history of mental illness and bouts of depression were more to blame than anything else.

Drew reportedly created a fake MySpace account posing as a teenage boy and sent flirtatious messages to Megan Meier, one of her neighbors.  Shortly after, the fictitious teenage boy dumped Megan while also saying the world wouldn't miss her.  The girl hanged herself after reading the messages sent through MySpace.

After originally being convicted last November, Drew faces three years in jail and a fine up to $300,000 related to the three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization.  She originally was charged with four felony counts, though she was cleared of three of them and the jury was deadlocked on the final felony count.

"This is about justice," Megan's mother said after the verdict.  "It's justice not only for Megan but it's justice for everybody who has had to go through this with the computer and being harassed."

Drew reportedly can't pay the $5,000 fine since she lost her job when she stopped working in November 2007.  In addition, several neighbors have harassed and threatened her, leading up to a brick being thrown through one of her windows.  The family eventually had to move out of the neighborhood.

She is expected to be sentenced on May 18, and Steward has asked that Megan's friends and family not speak at the sentencing, as it's "still a computer fraud case."

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By mdogs444 on 5/5/2009 3:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
Drew reportedly can't pay the $5,000 fine since she lost her job when she stopped working in November 2007.

Did the c-bag lose her job, or did she quit? Sounds like she quit because she couldn't take the type of harassment - the kind she was dishing out to a child. She should spend a day in jail, for every $1 of fine she receives. She should spend an extra day for every $1 that she cannot afford to pay, and then an extra day on top of that for day she is late with her payment.

RE: um?
By DASQ on 5/5/2009 6:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well, going by my (your) math, if we jailed people by debt, Chrylser has something like 22 million years of jailtime it needs to pony up.

RE: um?
By Shuri on 5/5/2009 7:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like the mind of a creditor to me...
Wonder if that's how they all think.

Hmmm wait, that can't be right. They need you out of jail so you can spend the rest of your life giving them your money.

Anyway, the woman should have known better.
To me, it sounds like the she knew the girl well enough to know that something like this would seriously crush her, and she took some sick pleasure in doing this to her.
I think the woman might have her own issues of mental instability. And she definitely deserves some jail time.

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