January 10th, 2008

NBC eh?

Well that was unexpected

I was looking through the daily news today and got a flash from the past. I'm sure most of you will remember that whole incident a while back where the teenager in Missouri killed herself due to an altercation with a false myspace account created by a friend's mother. I'm sure Lori Drew thought she was scott free after both local, state, and federal authorities declined to prosecute her. They claimed that there was no law or statute in place under which she could be prosecuted. Apparently the citizens of Los Angeles were a little more resourceful.

L.A. grand jury issues subpoenas in Web suicide case

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has begun issuing subpoenas in the case of a Missouri teenager who hanged herself after being rejected by the person she thought was a 16-year-old boy she met on MySpace, sources told The Times.

The case set off a national furor when it was revealed that the "boyfriend" was really a neighbor who was the mother of one of the girl's former friends.

Local and federal authorities in Missouri looked into the circumstances surrounding 13-year-old Megan Meier's 2006 death in the town of Dardenne Prairie, an upper-middle-class enclave of about 7,400 people, located northwest of St. Louis.

But after months of investigation, no charges were filed against Lori Drew for her alleged role in the hoax. Prosecutors in Missouri said they were unable to find a statute under which to pursue a criminal case.

Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, however, are exploring the possibility of charging Drew with defrauding the MySpace social networking website by allegedly creating the false account, according to the sources, who insisted on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

The sources said prosecutors are looking at federal wire fraud and cyber fraud statutes as they consider the case. Prosecutors believe they have jurisdiction because MySpace is headquartered in Beverly Hills, the sources said.


The news came as a shock to Tina and Ron Meier, Megan's parents. Both said they were unaware of the grand jury and had not been contacted by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

"If MySpace is considered the victim, fine. I don't care at this point," said Tina Meier, 37. "We've been begging for someone -- anyone -- to pick up this case. If the Drews can be charged -- and even get the chance to be convicted -- it would be a day I could be happy with."

The article goes on to solicit opinions from a variety of lawyers, prosecutors, and professors.

No matter what you think about whether the charges hold water, you have to admire just how far they were willing to go to find something to charge the woman with. The irony is that I'll wager Myspace dosen't want to be the 'victim' in this case. The last thing it wants is anything that might shrink its userbase. Telling people that by creating an account with false information they could be subject to fraud charges can't be a positive for their buisness model. I can't exactly applaud the government over-reach, but at least it holds the possibility that bitch will get what's coming to her.
mr men grumpy

Fun with words

I just ran across a CNN article that included something I found sort of humorous. It's always interesting the fun you can have with phrasing.

The exact cause of death couldn't be determined but there was no sign of "surgical or anesthetic misadventure" in the death of Donda West, Kanye West's mother, a coroner's report said Thursday.

I like that. 'Misadventure'. It makes it sound like operation took place took place while backpacking through the rain forest or that it was some sort of spelunking expedition. Well, while I was rooting around in her, I accidently snipped off the green wobbly bit through unforseen misadventure. Of course, I'm sure that the coroner's report won't put the brakes on the eventual lawsuit. The trial lawyers are circling and have to be fed.

Oh, and I just ran across a truly incomprehensible statement from my stupid quote of the day desk calender. Does anyone understand WTH this guy was trying to say?

He had to cut the wind with his balls, which is something we had to see

-San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan, commenting on the team's private workout with Alex Smith before the 2005 draft.