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Lori Drew Cyberbullying Case Dismissed 408

Trepidity writes "About seven weeks after the judge tentatively overturned Lori Drew's guilty verdict for 'cyberbullying' following her online harassment of a teenager that was linked to the teenager's suicide, the case was finally officially dismissed. In a 32-page opinion (PDF), the court avoided a minefield of possible follow-on effects that civil-liberties groups had warned of by holding that merely violating a website's Terms of Service cannot constitute 'unauthorized access' for the purposes of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. 1030)."
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Lori Drew Cyberbullying Case Dismissed

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  • Re:great (Score:3, Funny)

    by Pentium100 ( 1240090 ) on Sunday August 30, 2009 @02:15PM (#29253157)

    Men just trying to have sex with teenage girls get jail time, but succeeding in coercing suicide gets nothing?

    This is obvious - sex is worse than death.

  • Re:great (Score:2, Funny)

    by bhartman34 ( 886109 ) on Monday August 31, 2009 @01:31AM (#29257503)

    In a just universe, Lori Drew would be stoned to death by angry townspeople using the sharpest rocks possible. (Obsidian sounds about right.)

    Like women should be stoned for adultery under Sharia law?

    Just asking ...

    Well, since you're just asking, no, this has nothing to do with Sharia law. Stoning is a punishment that's much older than Sharia law, and was used for much more than just adultery back then.

    The reason I specified stoning is because it's the most direct expression of a community's condemnation of a person, because everyone with a rock participates. Remember that I specified a just universe, in which (presumably) people could agree on the concept that a 40-something woman anonymously tormenting a teenage girl is inherently evil and not fit to live among the rest of us.

  • by Tybalt_Capulet ( 1400481 ) on Monday August 31, 2009 @02:56AM (#29257925)

    Wait, so in order to sue the government, you need the government's permission?

    Isn't that like saying, "Hey, Louis, do you mind if we behead you for sending our country into debt?" Man, that would have been an odd revolution for France.

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