Sunday, November 25, 2007

The MySpace suicide scandal: would it be a crime in Utah?

Lori Drew. Lori Drew. Lori Drew.

There. Just wanted to do our part in the ongoing effort to ensure that anyone who Googles Lori Drew of O'Fallon, Missouri, will read about a grown woman who used a fake MySpace identity to hound a 13-year-old girl into committing suicide. We also want to encourage the original story to remain online for a very long time, even though the reporter chose not to name the culprit, Mrs. Lori Drew, Lori Drew, Lori Drew, leaving the task to bloggers.

"And just how does this relate to Utah, o local-only blog?" one might ask. Well, after reading that Missouri could not find a crime with which to charge Mrs. Drew, we wondered if Utah prosecutors would fare any better, so we leafed through Title 76 of the Utah Code. We're not criminal lawyers, and might have missed something (we hope), because we couldn't really find much.

Harassment, 76-5-109? No threat of a violent felony. Stalking, 76-5-106.5? No visual/physical proximity or threats. Child abuse, 76-5-109? The Court of Appeals says there doesn't have to be a physical impact, but it still seems like a stretch. Reckless endangerment, 76-5-112 ("under circumstances not amounting to a felony offense, the person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person")? Hmm. Drew knew that Megan Meier was 13 and on anti-depressants. Maybe...

It would be easier, though, if Utah just had a law criminalizing the impersonation of a minor by an adult for the purpose of harassing a minor. We don't see First Amendment problems with such a narrow statute (and we have the final say on that, of course.) Meanwhile, Lori Drew, Lori Drew, Lori Drew...


12 comments:

andrew said...

My wife told me about this story - outrageous.

Maybe our legislature will pass some symbolic legislation that is actually meaningful this year...

But probably not.

Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for this poor girl who lost her life as a result of the evil actions of Lori Drew. Lori Drew should be in prison for murder. She should be removed from society. The type of evil she displays is sure to show up gain if she is not behind bars!

Anonymous said...

I can't even BEGIN to say how disgusted I am with this Lori Drew. The courts should put her away in jail for several years, to spend lots of time by herself wallow in her own guilt. The child-like harassment she has displayed is absolutely unexceptable. It is downright disgusting for a grown woman.

Bart said...

The next best thing would be for the Meiers to file a civil suit. They should have no problems filing a wrongful death suit based on Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress. Maybe they don't want to be perceived as opportunists, profiting from their daughter's death. But, it will create some semblance of justice in that the Drew's will be found responsible and punished monetarily -- which is an effective form of punishment.

Anonymous said...

This a terrible tragedy and the pathetic, terrible, Lori Drew should be punished for her heartless actions. She killed a young girl by making her feel worthless and insecure,how pathetic!Prison would be the only place that would accept such a psycohtic, and evil fool.

Anonymous said...

This goes on much more than some people are aware. Cyberstalking, cyberterrorism, and cyberbullying are becoming American pastimes like baseball. Social networking sites such as SomethingAwful, Myspace, and 'chans' also facilitate and organize antisocial and sociopathic behaviours. Attacks on individuals and organizations can be distributed among many anonymous criminals to facilitate murder, suicide, arson etc.

As these people continue to act, a sophisticated terror and organized crime network are taking root to supplant any current idea of democracy and freedom to create the orwellian governing body of the near future.

All of your information can be theirs and they can use it to make you do anything.

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Anonymous said...

What about a woman who constantly threatens a man with calls to the police to the point that he feels the only way out is suicide? Should this not be some sort of reckless endangerment, harrassment to the point of death, wrongful persecution? This happened to my son. He ended his life to end his torment and have her out of his life.

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