Missouri Woman Indicted in MySpace Cyber-Bullying Case That Ended in Teen’s Suicide

Thursday, May 15, 2008  

Such a sad and senseless tragedy my heart goes out to Megan’s family and friends.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri woman Thursday for her alleged role in a MySpace hoax on a teen neighbor who committed suicide after being spurned by the “boy” in the fake profile.

Lori Drew, of Dardenne Prairie near St. Louis, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Drew allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.”

Megan, 13, hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

Drew’s attorney, Jim Briscoe, did not return FOXNews.com’s requests for comment about the indictment.

Click here to read the indictment.

Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used before to address Internet hacking, but this was the first time it has been used in a social-networking situation.  [For full Article]

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News blips…….MySpace, Tiny sex images ok for Google, Paris Hilton

-Feud between MySpace, state AGs heats up

MySpace refuses to give out the names of sex predators to Attorney Generals unless they are subpoenaed, citing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. “The ECPA prohibits us from disclosing the information they’re seeking without a subpoena

-Tiny Sex Images on Google Get Okay From Court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court lifted a preliminary injunction on Wednesday against Google Inc. (GOOG.O) from showing thumbnail-size photos from sexually explicit Internet sites, but said the company might be liable for allowing links to sites displaying pirated photos.

-Hilton’s Jail Term Cut to About 23 Days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton will serve about half of her 45-day jail sentence and will be separated from the general inmate population, authorities said Wednesday.

The hotel heiress will spend about 23 days in a ”special needs housing unit” at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Her sentence was shortened after jail officials gave her credit for good behavior, Whitmore said. Officials considered several factors in calculating the credit, including that she appeared for her latest court date, he said. (*well how about that, I thought good behavior was awarded once one was in jail not before but then we all are Hiltons are we?)

-People Can Learn From Paris, Mom Says

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathy Hilton hopes young people will learn from her 26-year-old socialite daughter, Paris, who is facing 45 days in jail for violating her probation.

”We can only hope that something positive will come from all of this. Hopefully, young people who look up to people like Paris will learn from this,” Hilton said in a statement read Wednesday on ABC’s ”The View” by co-host Barbara Walters.

Kathy Hilton called her Tuesday night and offered the statement, Walters said.

”She didn’t say `my child didn’t do it’ or `this is terrible,”’ said Walters, who has an adult daughter. ”She’s saying, `You have to take responsibility.’ I thought it was a very strong and very good statement.”

Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who is pregnant with her second child, disagreed.

”You want to discipline your children before the criminal system does,” she said.

Ok now i’ve really got to laugh. Kathy Hilton is wanting people to look up to Paris, cough, cough. I’m sure every mother out there is hoping and wishing their daughter will be just like Paris, a spoiled brat, or shall I say a spoiled rich bitchy brat and her mother is not much better. If I remember right, the day in court when Paris was sentenced her mother cried it was unfair justice and now she is recanting and trying to look like the good mother who is saying everyone should look up to her daughter. Give me a break or am I the only one who thinks this.