Feds Indict Adult In MySpace Suicide
Thirteen-year-old Megan Meier committed suicide in October 2006, after she received a message that the world would be a better place without her, sent by a MySpace user she believed was a teen boy named "Josh Evans." Megan Meier's parents said the message was actually sent via a MySpace profile that Drew helped create. Drew now denies that she helped set up the profile or knew of the messages before the teen died.
Prosecutors in Missouri contemplated bringing charges, but reportedly decided there were no grounds to bring a case under state law.
When news first broke that the federal authorities were investigating Drew, digital rights advocates said that charging a user with computer fraud based on using a fake name to create a profile raises First Amendment concerns. Courts have held that people generally have a right to use pseudonyms or speak anonymously.