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Judge officially tosses conviction in MySpace case

Lori Drew now can officially quit worrying about her conviction in a MySpace case. Drew was convicted following the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie. Megan killed herself after receiving harassing messages from a fictitious teenage boy on ...

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Judge tosses Lori Drew’s conviction

Lori Drew has prevailed after all. A federal judge in California this afternoon threw out the conviction for her role in a St. Louis area teenager's suicide. Drew had faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Instead, U.S. District Judge George Wu threw out her misdemeanor computer fraud conviction. Prosecutors charged Drew using a novel application of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law previously used largely to prosecute computer hackers.

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Drew case could expand computer fraud law

Lori Drew could end up with a three-year prison sentence for her role in a teenager’s suicide. And the legal tentacles of her case could reach people as disparate as young Google users, angry corporate executives and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa. Drew was convicted under a novel application of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law previously used largely to prosecute computer hackers. The application in this case could become a boon for prosecutors — and a nightmare for privacy and free-speech advocates.

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