Thursday, July 02, 2009


From ABC News, the finale of something I've been following for a year and a half:

"Missouri mom Lori Drew is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for her role in a MySpace hoax prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old neighbor girl to suicide, in a case that could have far-reaching implications for the prosecution of so-called 'cyberbullying.'

U.S. District Judge George Wu had earlier postponed Drew's sentencing, saying he wanted to review testimony by prosecution witnesses.

Drew faces up to three years in prison and a $300,000 fine for what prosecutors described as a 'scheme to humiliate' 13-year-old Megan Meier, Drew's former neighbor in a St. Louis suburb, by helping to create a MySpace profile for a fictitious teenage boy named 'Josh Evans.'

Drew, with her own teenage daughter and a business assistant, Ashley Grills, used the fake profile to flirt with, befriend and then abandon Meier, leading Meier to hang herself, prosecutors contend. Drew has denied more than passing knowledge of the fake account, and Grills and Drew's daughter were never charged.

Though Meier's suicide was the impetus for the case, Drew was never directly charged with the girl's death."

Read the rest of it here.

No commentary from me other than the old saw about how the mill grinds slowly but grinds exceeding small.

Update, 3:04pm: Judge Acquits Lori Drew in Cyberbullying Case, Overrules Jury as covered in Wired


Anonymous said...

got Issues?

Mike D. said...

Whatever you say.

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