Prosecutors: Cyber Law Applies to Missouri Suicide Case

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are defending their use of a cyber crime statute in the case of a Missouri woman charged in a MySpace hoax that allegedly led to a teen's suicide.

Prosecutors say the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is relevant to the case against Lori Drew. They made their argument Tuesday in court documents. They were responding to a defense motion seeking to have
the conspiracy and other charges against Drew dropped.

The statute used to indict Drew usually applies to Internet hackers who illegally access accounts to get information.

Drew, of O'Fallon, is accused of helping to create a false-identity account on MySpace and harassing her 13-year-old neighbor, Megan Meier, with cruel messages. Meier hanged herself in 2006.

The case was filed in Los Angeles because MySpace's servers are in Los Angeles County.

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