Missouri’s first post-Megan Meier cyberbullying prosecution ended in the defendant’s acquittal. Elizabeth Thrasher was charged with harassment after a spat with her ex-husband’s girlfriend’s teenage daughter led her to post personal information and photos culled from the daughter’s MySpace page on a Craigslist sex-wanted site. The daughter kicked off the spat by calling Thrasher a “fat fucking bitch” in an email. The Missouri law was enacted after the much-publicized suicide of 13-year old Megan Meier, after Meier was bullied by a neighborhood mother acting through a fictitious MySpace proxy. (I need diagrams to understand these relationships.) Following the acquittal the state prosecutor said “I think there are some difficulties with the statute that were brought to our attention.” If convicted Thrasher faced up to four years imprisonment.
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