There may be a small hope for non-vigilante justice for Lori Drew, the Missouri mom who started a fake MySpace account under the disguise of a cute boy to befriend, then abruptly begin tormenting, 13-year-old Megan Meier — who responded by hanging herself. (Lori's daughter had had a falling-out with Megan.) The US attorney in Los Angeles — where MySpace is based — is issuing subpoenas in the case in the apparent hope of charging Lori Drew with fraud under a 2005 telecommunications law. Of course, I'm not a lawyer or a pedophile. There are probably some First Amendment concerns here, not to mention some privacy concerns, with the thought of charging Lori Drew with fraud for merely creating a fake MySpace account. The precedent could be fucked; I'm sure there are ramifications and complications that aren't occurring to me; curious to wonder what had sparked the interest of prosecutors all the way in LA I found an earlier piece in the Los Angeles Times on the neighborhood's reaction to the tragedy.
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