A Cry for Justice for Megan Meier
Yet Lori Drew remains a free woman, out on bond while Judge Wu makes up his mind over whether or not to throw out the jury conviction. Specifically, the jury found that Drew violated MySpace’s terms of service by establishing the fake “Josh Evans” account; she was found guilty of one count of felony conspiracy and three counts of felony unauthorized computer access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This statute is usually reserved for computer hackers, which is Judge Wu’s hold-up with regard to the sentencing, apparently; a lot of lawyers are suggesting that this is dangerous territory, as contractual violations risk being turned into criminal prosecutions. At this point, Judge Wu is considering letting Drew off of the hook because she claims that she did not know MySpace’s terms of service, therefore she didn’t know she was violating them. Since that kind of logic won’t get me out of a speeding ticket (“But officer! I didn’t know that the speed limit was 25 mph!”), I can’t see how this logic could let Lori Drew go unpunished.
Regardless of the legal mumbo-jumbo, many of us are saying: WTF? The proposed punishment for Drew unquestionably driving Megan Meier, a thirteen year-old girl, to suicide is a mere slap on the wrist: three year’s probation and a $5000 fine – a fine that Drew successfully contested until it was reduced from the $300,000 originally proposed. Drew succeeded in getting the fine reduced by complaining that she was out of work because of the negative publicity surrounding her role in Meier’s death. Well, call me crazy, but I think that the Meier family has a bigger complaint than losing a job – they lost their daughter – and they lost her because of Drew's evil actions. Does anyone really care if her business suffers because of this? NO family should have to live through a child’s suicide, much less one prompted by the actions of a fifty year-old mom.Continued on the next page