Friday, July 3, 2009

Three Cheers for the Lori Drew Acquittal, But Not for Drew

The directed acquittal of Lori Drew is the only sensible disposition of a depressingly sad case in which the suicide of a 13-year-old girl was linked to the bad behavior of a grown woman, the mother herself to a teenage daughter.

Drew could be ostracized, she can be sued for damages in a civil proceeding, she can become a pariah. I would not like to know her.

I am not a lawyer, but for the state to deny her liberty for lying when she created an account on a social network would be excessive and chilling and imperil hundreds of thousands of people who, while doing the TOS version of jaywalking, set themselves up for selective prosecution if some chain of evidence or events can associate them to someone else’s tragedy.

(Continue reading on Epicenter)

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