Woman cleared of MySpace bullying


Lori Drew was accused of posing as a boy on MySpace

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An American woman, accused of driving a teenage girl to suicide by bullying her on MySpace, has been cleared of one of the most serious charges against her.

Lori Drew, 49, was found not guilty of accessing a computer without authorisation to inflict emotional distress.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on another conspiracy charge.

She was convicted on three minor counts of violating the website's terms and conditions.

Drew, from Missouri, was accused of posing as a boy on MySpace to befriend 13-year-old Megan Meier, who hanged herself after their virtual relationship ended.

The court in Los Angeles heard that Lori Drew was aware Megan suffered from depression and was emotionally fragile.

Drew was charged with violating MySpace's terms of use, which ban users from assuming false identities and harassing other members.

The case is the first in the US relating to cyber-bullying.

Lori Drew could receive up to three years in prison when she is sentenced.
She would have faced a maximum 20 years if convicted of the more serious felony charges.

So rather then having to face punishment for driving a minor who suffered from depression to suicide which she knew very well would happen..... she get's charged for petty web site violations.

Charming..... just looking at her picture makes me want to get my stupid stick out and whack some sense into her.... but I got it taken away from me in grade 12.
She should have been nailed as an accomplice.
Yep. They sure are cracking down on cyber-bullying all right.
Just like those `in prison` online pedophiles!

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