Case of Megan Meier

Question description

Social networking
sites provide a virtual space where individuals can communicate with friends
and meet new people. While intended for these purposes, these sites also can be
harmful by making individuals vulnerable to cyber-bullying. In a virtual world,
individuals can easily hide their true identities. An adult woman can pose as
an adolescent boy in order to bully an adolescent girl. This was the case in
the Megan Meier incident. In October 2006, Megan was a victim of cyber-bullying
that occurred through a social networking site. The offender, Lori Drew, was
the mother of Megan’s female friend. She cyber-bullied Megan by posing as an
adolescent boy, targeting Megan’s low self-esteem, ultimately resulting in
Megan committing suicide.
At the time this
incident occurred, there was no legislation related to cyber-bullying. Lori
Drew was charged with conspiracy and unauthorized access of a computer for violating
the social networking site’s Terms of Service. Drew was convicted of three
misdemeanor violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. She faced up to 3
years in prison and a $300,000 fine. Drew, however, never served jail time nor
paid any fine. The conviction was overturned by U.S. District Judge George Wu
in July 2009.
For this
Discussion, review the Megan Meier case and current legislation on
cyber-bullying outlined in “Guarding Against a Radical Redefinition of
Liability for Internet Misrepresentation: The United States v. Drew Prosecution
and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.” Consider how the outcome for the
offender in the case might be different if the crime was to occur today.

Post by Day 2 an explanation
of how the outcome might be different for the offender in the Megan Meier case
if the offense happened today. Support your response with references to current
cyber-bullying legislation and/or rulings on current cyber-bullying cases.
One and a half page with at least two references….
It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the
assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting
an explanation from the readings for this class
To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for
this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules
3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and
4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


Course Text:Taylor, R.
W., Fritsch, E. J., & Liederbach, J. (2015). Digital crime and
digital terrorism. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Chapter 8, “Sex
Crimes, Victimization, and Obscenity on the World Wide Web”

Article: Cooley, A. H.
(2011). Guarding against a radical redefinition of liability for Internet
misrepresentation: The United States v. Drew prosecution and the
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Journal of Internet Law, 14(8), 1,

Article: Drogin, E.
Y., & Young, K. (2008). Forensic mental health aspects of adolescent
“cyber bullying”: A jurisprudent science perspective. Journal
of Psychiatry & Law, 36(4), 679–690.
Article: Gillespie, A.
A. (2006). Cyber-bullying and harassment of teenagers: The legal response.
Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law, 28(2), 123–136.
Article: King, A. V.
(2010). Constitutionality of cyberbullying laws: Keeping the online
playground safe for both teens and free speech. Vanderbilt Law Review,
63(3), 845–884.
Article: McCarthy, T.,
& Michels, S. (2009, July 2). Lori Drew MySpace suicide hoax
conviction thrown out. ABC News. Retrieved from

Article: Meredith, J.
P. (2010). Combating cyberbullying: Emphasizing education over
criminalization. Federal Communications Law Journal, 63(1),
Article: Belnap, A.
(2011). Tinker at a breaking point: Why the specter of cyberbullying
cannot excuse impermissible public school regulation of off-campus student
speech. Brigham Young University Law Review, 2011(2), 501–533.
Article: Ford, A.
(2009). School liability: Holding middle schools liable for cyber-bullying
despite their implementation of Internet usage contracts. Journal of
Law and Education, 38(3), 535–543.
Article: Li, Q.
(2010). Cyberbullying in high schools: A study of students’ behaviors and
beliefs about this new phenomenon. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment
& Trauma, 19(4), 372–392.

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