July 2, 2009
"Cyberbully" Lori Drew scheduled to be sentenced in federal court this afternoon
This AP article, headlined "Sentencing scheduled for Mo. mom in MySpace hoax," reports that the rescheduled sentencing of Loi Drew is slated for this afternoon. This ABCNews feature provides some of the pre-sentencing basics:
U.S. District Judge George Wu had earlier postponed Drew's sentencing, saying he wanted to review testimony by prosecution witnesses....
Drew was convicted in November of three misdemeanor counts of unauthorized access to computers for violating MySpace's terms of service. She was acquitted of more serious felony charges of intentionally causing emotional harm while accessing computers without authorization. She was charged in Los Angeles because MySpace's computer servers are based there.
Federal prosecutors charged Drew under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which bans unauthorized access to computers and has previously been used to combat computer hacking, for violating MySpace's terms of service. Drew's lawyers and outside legal experts have argued that the unusual prosecution could broaden the scope of what's considered criminal conduct on the Internet.
As detailed in the posts linked below, there are lots of interesting issues for sentencing fans to be found in this controversial case:
- Friday forum: What sentence would you impose on Lori Drew, the MySpace bullying defendant?
- Juror says publicly that she wanted MySpace bullying defendant sent to prison
- Very different sentencing recommendations in the Lori Drew cyberbullying case
- Prosecutorial power, victims rights, sentencing judgments and judicial empathy
- Any last-minute predictions about the Lori Drew cyber-bullying case?
July 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Permalink
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I hope it doesn't get postponed again.
Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jul 2, 2009 11:29:15 AM