After three days of witness testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom, jurors acquitted 49 year old Missouri mother Lori Drew of felony charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Drew had been charged with running a phony MySpace page where Drew allegedly adopted the persona of a 16 year old boy. The fictitious boy flirted with Drew’s 13-year-old old neighbor Megan Meier online before eventually rejecting her in a manner which many labeled “cyberbullying.” Meir later committed suicide.
The jury deadlocked on the conspiracy charge and convicted Drew of several misdemeanors. Despite the misdemeanor convictions however, it is unlikely Drew will spend time in custody.