St. Louis Public Radio News
4:39 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

MySpace hoaxer acquitted

Los Angeles – A Los Angeles federal judge has tentatively
thrown out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a
MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up
committing suicide.

In his ruling today (Thursday), U.S. District Judge George Wu acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers
without authorization. Wu says his ruling will become final when he
issues it in writing.

Drew was convicted in a trial, but the judge says that if she is
to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has
ever violated the social networking site's terms of service would
be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum three-year prison sentence
and a $300,000 fine.