Saturday July 02, 2016

Teen Girl Who Texted Friend To Commit Suicide Must Stand Trial

While it was argued that texts are constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment, the courts have ruled otherwise and a Massachusetts teenآ—who was deemed "virtually present" and allegedly urged a friend to kill himself via messagingآ—will be tried.

آ…a teenager may stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in connection to text messages she sent urging her friend to commit suicide. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court said a local grand jury had enough probable cause to indict Michelle Carter in connection to the 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy, who was found dead about 50 miles south of Boston in a Fairhaven parking lot. Carter was 17 at the time of Roy's suicide, and she is accused of sending Roy several texts, including one saying "get back in" the day the 18-year-old teen took his own life via carbon monoxide fumes inside his truck.