U.S. District Judge George Wu has ruled that evidence from Megan Meier's suicide can be used by prosecutors to aid them in building their case against Lori Drew, the 49 year old woman accused of harassing Meier via a fake MySpace profile. Knowing that potential jurors would most likely be aware of the suicide, due to worldwide media attention and "ripped-from-the-headlines" dramatizations on shows such as Law & Order, Wu has agreed to let the suicide be introduced to court, though "he would instruct jurors, possibly at the outset of the trial, that the case was not about the suicide and that Drew is not charged with causing the suicide." Jury selection in the trial begins on Tuesday; Drew has not been charged in connection with Meier's suicide, but is facing counts of conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.[AP]
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