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Judge's Decision in Cyber-Bullying Case Sends Shockwaves

Posted by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:42 AM
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Lori Drew and Megan Meier Photo by: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters / Landov; BARM / Fame Pictures Judge's Decision in Cyber-Bullying Case Sends ShockwavesLori Drew says justice was finally served - though nearly three years late.

The defendant in the case of a MySpace hoax that ended in a girl's suicide applauded a federal judge for tentatively dismissing her conviction that could have resulted in up to three years in prison.

"In my view, it was proper that this case was dismissed, primarily because I simply did not do what the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles accused me of doing," Drew, 49, said in a statement Friday.

Drew was convicted last November on three misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors had argued that Drew and an accomplice, who was granted immunity, pretended to be a teenage boy named Josh, and used that identity to at first flirt with 13-year-old Megan Meier, an emotionally troubled classmate of Drew's daughter, before turning on her.

Girl Hanged Herself

"The world would be a better place without you," the fake Josh wrote to Megan in October 2006. Meier responded, "You're the kind of boy a girl would kill herself over," then hanged herself in her bedroom.

A Los Angeles jury agreed that Drew was guilty of unauthorized computer access - a violation of a federal law designed to combat computer crimes. But then on Thursday, Judge George H. Wu tentatively overturned those convictions and acquitted Drew. "If she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of service would be guilty of a misdemeanor," Wu wrote - suggesting that even someone who lied about their age would be guilty of a crime. "That would be unconstitutional."

Megan's mother Tine Meier was stunned by the ruling, and said on the Today show Friday, "I wouldn't want to be in Lori Drew's shoes and live her life. I think she's already basically living a life conviction right now."

Return to a Near-Normal Life

Drew said in her statement, "All members of my family share the Meier's grief in dealing with the loss of Megan. I hope Judge Wu's decision ... will be a turning point for all families involved in returning to a more-normal life."

But Meier, who is still deciding whether or not to file a civil suit against Drew, said that statement falls far short of an apology or true remorse. "Her making the statement that she shares my grief - absolutely not," Meier said. "She can't even come close to it."

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megan.meza
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:47 AM

any thoughts people?

mitty18
by Gold Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:52 AM

she should have gotten a lot more then three years, but three years would have at least been something. That woman, that piece of crap, deserves to be locked up! She caused that poor girl to feel so alone and so hopeless that she wanted to go and kill herself. I mean its totally her fault that that girl is dead. that poor girl's family and what they must be feeling.

megan.meza
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:53 AM

i agree

Quoting mitty18:

she should have gotten a lot more then three years, but three years would have at least been something. That woman, that piece of crap, deserves to be locked up! She caused that poor girl to feel so alone and so hopeless that she wanted to go and kill herself. I mean its totally her fault that that girl is dead. that poor girl's family and what they must be feeling.


LuvmySFSGT
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:55 AM

I agree with the decision regarding criminal charges.

However...I think her family should try a civil suit.

thomamomma76
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:56 AM

I honestly believe that she should have gotten time. I wholeheartedly disagree with the outcome of that case.

megan.meza
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:58 AM

why? she is an adult and she should of known better

Quoting LuvmySFSGT:

I agree with the decision regarding criminal charges.

However...I think her family should try a civil suit.


celticreverie
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 1:59 AM

I am undecided on criminal charges because lots of people lie on websites. The men who lie to come on this site seeking advice (single dads etc) could also be tried and convicted.

BUT they better take her to civil court. Karma is a bitch and I hope she gets what's coming to her soon. What a piece of trash

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LuvmySFSGT
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 2:02 AM


Quoting megan.meza:

why? she is an adult and she should of known better

Quoting LuvmySFSGT:

I agree with the decision regarding criminal charges.

However...I think her family should try a civil suit.



Was it mean? Yes...was it wrong...yes...will she always be known as the woman who caused a little girl to commit suicide...yes...but the ramifications of that ruling are huge.

A good 50% of the members of Cafemom, Myspace, dating sites, facebook and whatever else would also be in jail.

Heartlight617
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 2:05 AM
Quoting thomamomma76:

I honestly believe that she should have gotten time. I wholeheartedly disagree with the outcome of that case.


I am a parent of a young woman who, in a terrible time of depression, tried to kill herself. She lived. I cannot fathom how this woman lives with herself! She must be THE most hated woman in the USA! She should be shunned like a pariah.Anyone can make a foolish mistake, but her lack of remorse seals the deal.
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proudgrammie07
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 3:36 AM


Quoting thomamomma76:

I honestly believe that she should have gotten time. I wholeheartedly disagree with the outcome of that case.


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