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Mass ACLU: Michelle Carter conviction ‘imperils free speech’

Instead, the court upheld the indictment for involuntary manslaughter on “the basis of words alone” and that Carter was “virtually present” at Roy’s suicide.She was 17 when she sent Mr Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life.”Miss Carter, please stand”, said Judge Lawrence Moniz.The judge said her actions and her failure to act constituted wanton and reckless conduct. “Get back in”, Carter told Roy, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died. Even though she knew he was in the truck, she didn’t take action to help him by calling the police or family, Moniz said.Carter, who was 17 at the time of the suicide, was visibly distraught as she received the news. It is believed that Carter encouraged him so she could get attention and play the grieving girlfriend.On Friday, Michelle Carter, 20, learned that her words were deadly. But still, he said, “trials and verdicts like this don’t actually set legal precedent”.Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after being charged with encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of text messages.Three years ago, in July of 2014, Roy hooked up a hose to his truck that pumped carbon monoxide into the cab. “You just keep pushing it off to another night and say you’ll do it but you never do”.The lawyer said that she only started supporting his suicide after being “involuntarily intoxicated” by antidepressants.According to Bristol Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn, Carter had asked Roy more than 40 times when he was going to commit suicide.The judge disagreed, saying he did not take into account in his verdict Roy’s previous attempts at suicide. She was allowed to remain free on bail until then because she was a teenager at the time of the suicide.CNN reports that Carter continued to pepper Roy with text messages while he sat in his vehicle, on the brink of killing himself.”They know how sad you are and they know that you’re doing this to be happy, and I think they will understand and accept it”.When Roy insisted that he meant to carry out the act, but wasn’t ready, he was met with a barrage of criticism from his girlfriend.”I thought you wanted to do this”. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 3. “You said you were gonna do it”.Moniz also said the case was not legally novel since 200 years ago, a state prison inmate was prosecuted for convincing a man facing the death sentence to hang himself in his cell six hours before he was to be executed.The northeastern state of MA, unlike other USA states, has no law against encouraging someone to commit suicide.