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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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RE: This is bull#*@$.
By clovell on 5/5/2009 7:53:38 PM , Rating: 2
Gags are fun. This was, as the OP stated, purely malicious. Criminal Intent was present.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By spread on 5/5/2009 8:28:52 PM , Rating: 3
So what if I go to McDonalds and yell at an employee for messing up my order, and then they commit suicide because I *pushed* them over the edge by complaining about my food?


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By Solandri on 5/6/2009 4:08:52 AM , Rating: 3
If the employee messed up your order, you have justified cause to yell at him. He was expected to perform a certain function, he failed, you get mad. Your reaction, while extreme, would be something most people would consider understandable.

I've yet to meet a single person who thinks what this mother did was understandable.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By Totally on 5/6/2009 6:54:09 AM , Rating: 2
You analogy doesn't fit the situation.

It's more like you're a food critic and getting mad at a restaurant because they served the couple who arrived 2 seconds after your friend(you never ate there) did first. Then file a complaint with the health inspector, write negative review, badmouth them here in there. Of course the restaurant isn't financially stable at the time and goes under.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By spread on 5/6/2009 11:54:26 AM , Rating: 1
Not even close. The mother was on THE INTERNET. Everything that happened, happened online. I blame this on the parents not educating their daughter, and letting such a mentally fragile child use the internet unsupervised.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By mindless1 on 5/6/2009 4:12:57 PM , Rating: 4
... because you have children that you monitor every second of every day to be sure they aren't around other human beings?

Sorry but no, it would be like saying a victim of burglary is to blame because they didn't guard their home well enough and PS - that's what our legal system says too so if you are a US citizen and don't like the laws, vote to effect change.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By mindless1 on 5/6/2009 4:10:28 PM , Rating: 2
If you really don't know the difference between right and wrong enough to know the difference between what you suggested and what Drew did, then maybe you should get some time away from society to think about /things/.


RE: This is bull#*@$.
By Samus on 5/5/09, Rating: 0
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