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 conspiracy and computer-fraud charges she faced in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and had the remaining convictions later overturned. While Drew had never been charged with directly causing or intending the death of 13-year-old Megan Meier, the girl's death hung like a cloud over Drew's trial, which was pressed by no less than U.S. Attorney Tom O'Brien and two co-prosecutors.
Associated Press reports that the Missouri mom recently took a job that requires her to use a computer and today received permission — apparently from her trial's judge, George Wu — to do so. Reaction has been swift and not as forgiving. “Folks, I DO have a problem with this,” Elizabeth Bennett wrote in a post titled “Oh No! Lori Drew Is Back!” on BloggerNews. “For starters, this woman took the life of a young girl who suffered from clinical depression by using the internet,”
“As Mrs. Drew was not punished or held accountable for her crimes or
Megan's death,” Bennett continued, “who is to say she is not going to go back online and
pull this stunt on another child that her daughter may be feuding with?”