The Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed this week that the FBI and other federal agencies work undercover on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites to shadow suspects and gather evidence in crime investigations.
According to the Associated Press, Freedom of Information Act r ... More >>
It had to happen sooner or later: Lori Drew, the so-called MySpace Mom, is back at her terminal. In 2006 the Missouri woman created a young hunk in cyberspace whose fictitious MySpace posts led to a fragile girl's suicide. Last November Drew, 50, beat most of the federal Ted SoquiDrew With Attorney ... More >>
Ted SoquiSarah and Lori Drew (right) "Shame on the U.S. Attorney for filing these charges! Shame on Tom O'Brien and the U.S.Attorney's office!" So spoke attorney Dean Steward on the steps of the Federal Courthouse Thursday following Judge George Wu's reversal of three misdemeanor convictions faced ... More >>
Federal Judge George Wu has tentatively reversed three misdemeanor convictions against MySpace Mom Lori Drew, the Missouri woman who was accused of setting up a phony MySpace profile to bully Megan Meier -- a 13-year-old girl who eventually committed suicide. Last November jurors acquitted Drew of t ... More >>
Ted SoquiDean Steward and Lori DrewRoom 10 of the austerely elegant old federal courthouse on Spring Street was fairly filled, Monday, with media and spectators who'd come to hear Judge George Wu pronounce sentence on Lori Drew. Drew is the "MySpace Mom" who, with her young daughter and another teen ... More >>
Today was the day Lori Drew, the Missouri mother known as the MySpace Mom, was to be sentenced for violating the terms of service for the MySpace account she used to taunt a former friend of her daughter. The girl, Megan Meier, hanged herself in October, 2006. Drew was not charged with causing ... More >>
According to the Associated Press, a federal probation office report will recommend that Lori Ted SoquiLori Drew, right, with daughter SarahDrew receive probation for the three misdemeanor computer-fraud charges on which she was convicted last November. Drew is the so-called MySpace Mom whose online ... More >>
Time seems to have stood still in Federal Judge George Wu's courtroom. Back in November Dean Steward, the lawyer defending Lori Drew, who was accused of harassing a young girl through a bogus MySpace account, filed for a dismissal. The "Rule 29" grounds were simple: The government had not put on any ... More >>
Despite the architectural gravitas of its setting -- downtown's WPA Federal Courthouse -- and the presence at the prosecution table of the formidable U.S. Attorney Tom O'Brien, the Lori Drew MySpace trial never felt like it should have been a federal case. After listening to testimony from and about ... More >>
Just before 11 a.m. this morning Federal District Judge George Wu spoke the words that ended the weeklong MySpace Trial: "All right, let's bring the jury in."
Lori Drew (R) and her daughter Sarah Drew who was Megan Meier's best friend leaving the U.S. Federal Courthouse. Photo by Ted Soqui. Click ... More >>
Federal District Judge George
Wu has shown an easy ability to reference films and TV shows during the trial
of Lori Drew. Maybe, then, he's familiar with Laurence Olivier's famous prologue to his
film version of Hamlet: "This is the story of a man who could not make up his
mind." The line is especia ... More >>
After the government rested its case in chief against Lori Drew today, her attorney, Dean Steward, made a standard motion for dismissal on the grounds that not enough evidence had been presented proving Ms. Drew had committed a crime. Surprisingly, after considering the motion during a court recess, ... More >>
Today saw the cross-examination of Tina Meier, the still-grieving mother of a daughter who committed suicide in 2006 after being the unwitting target in a game of cyber-bullying. Megan Meier was 13 when she hanged herself minutes after being jilted by her MySpace friend Josh Evans. She died not know ... More >>
Jury selection for the trial of Lori Drew, the Missouri woman accused of illegally creating a fictitious MySpace profile (one that resulted in a fragile 13-year-old girl committing suicide) was supposed to race by today; there was even talk of opening statements being heard late this afternoon. Noth ... More >>
Federal Judge George Wu does not like surprises. At the start of today's pretrial hearing for Lori Drew, Wu asked if any of the gathered counsels, who included U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien and high-powered defense lawyer Dean Steward, if they'd seen Law and Order last week. The lawyers shrugged "No" ... More >>
They are the modern versions of monster stories.
True Crime writers seek out such tales every day, finding them in two sentence-long police blotter blurbs, law enforcement sources lamenting the one that got away, or victims looking for justice. They pile on hours of research and interviews, buil ... More >>