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Old 10-06-2010, 12:56 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by lizsquiz View Post
It's the same argument as when kids kill themselves over cyber-bullying, like when that little girl hung herself because her neighbour's mom pretended to be a boy and then dumped her and called her fat.

They charged that mom with:
Should the Myspace Cyber-Bullying Mom Go to Jail for Megan Meiers Death? | Newsflavor

"three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress and one count of criminal conspiracy. She was found guilty lesser charges of misdemeanors, and the jury was deadlocked on the fourth felony charge of criminal conspiracy."

Sure, nobody can be 100% SURE that what they do is going to provoke someone into committing suicide.

If we take the parallel with this case, seems like the roommate did obtain and broadcast information - unauthorized - to inflict emotional distress - regardless of whether that distress was linked to his flatmate being gay, he knew it would be humiliating to broadcast his flatmate banging someone even without the gay angle...
It's not the same. The article you posted says, "...the last messages taken from Megans‘ computer read: “Everybody in O’Fallon knows how you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a shitty rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you.”

That is blatantly encouraging suicide. In the roommate case he never expressed intent to have the guy kill himself, he humiliated him. Also in Megans case it was an adult harassing a minor, which I think should be a factor in the punishment.

Last edited by IWriteThings; 10-06-2010 at 01:00 PM.
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