Mass ACLU: Michelle Carter conviction 'imperils free speech'

Mass ACLU: Michelle Carter conviction 'imperils free speech'

Her attorneys said she suffered from a severe eating disorder, in addition to other mental health issues, and that she and Roy had initially bonded over their shared emotional problems.

"I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing", she said.

A MA court found Carter guilty in the death of boyfriend Conrad Roy, 18.

Although she can not leave the state of MA, apply for a passport or contact members of the Roy family. But as the court presented, Roy freaked out and got out of the vehicle; that was when then-17-year-old Carter, who had been speaking with him about his suicide bid via text and over the phone, told him to "get back in".

Carter could be sentenced 20 years for involuntary manslaughter. Carter will be charged as a youthful offender, meaning that despite being a minor at the time of her crime, she is being charged as an adult. "You said you were gonna do it". When he became sick because of the fumes, he stepped out of the truck, at which point Carter reportedly ordered him to "get back in".

"She did not issue a simple additional instruction: Get out of the truck", the judge said.

The American Civil Liberties Union has denounced as unconstitutional the manslaughter conviction of a woman who sent her suicidal boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself.

Michelle Carter in court, June 13, 2017.

A twisted teen temptress who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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"The decision will be shaping the way that future prosecutors handle these types of cases", said Boston-based criminal defense lawyer Joseph Simons.

"This has been a very tough time for our family and we'd like to process this verdict that we're happy with", he said.

Prosecutors asked for Michelle Carter to be incarcerated till sentencing and that she was a danger.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions", Matthew Segal, legal director at the ACLU of MA, said in a statement.

He called the death of Roy "a bad tragedy" but added, that no law makes it a crime to encourage, or even persuade, someone to commit suicide.

The couple were 30 miles (48 km) apart at the time of Roy's death, a fact that defense attorneys emphasized during the week-long trial.

The judge said he did not take into account in his verdict Roys previous attempts at suicide.

Roy took his own life at age 18 with the encouragement of his then-girlfriend Carter, then 17.

"We believe [Moniz] closely examined all of the evidence and arrived at the same conclusion as our entire prosecution team did: the defendant's actions in this case constituted involuntary manslaughter", Rayburn said.

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