She may be scum, but she’s no criminal.
Drew, 50, was accused of participating in a cyberbullying scheme against 13-year-old Megan Meier who later committed suicide. The case against Drew hinged on the government’s novel argument that violating MySpace’s terms of service was the legal equivalent of computer hacking. But U.S. District Judge George Wu found the premise troubling.
“It basically leaves it up to a website owner to determine what is a crime,” said Wu on Thursday, echoing what critics of the case have been saying for months. “And therefore it criminalizes what would be a breach of contract.”
The ruling is, I think, correct. If you allow the governemnt to define every ToS violation as a crime, then everyone who uses the internet is a criminal. This part certainly is heart wrenching:
He (Drew’s attorney, ed) said that Drew and her family have since moved out of Missouri, due to the harassment they received, noting that she’s been “an internet punching bag for almost three years” having been “tried, convicted and lynched by bloggers” and others who didn’t know all the facts of the case.
Awww, a cyberbully got cyberbullied, how awful! I guess she could always hang herself in the shower to escape the pain and humiliation, like the 13 year old target of her hoax did.