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MySpace Hoax Verdict Means YOU Could Go to Prison for Not Reading "Terms of Service" Agreements

By Mike Adams, November 27, 2008 | Key concepts: MySpace, Suicide and Computer crimes

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Let's get the obvious out of the way: Lori Drew is a wicked, wicked woman who impersonated a 16-year-old boy in order to torment a teenage girl (Megan Meier) who killed herself after the fictitious boy broke up with her on MySpace.'

It's a despicable situation involving seriously disturbed individuals. But let's get something straight here, folks: Did Lori Drew violate the law by impersonating a teenage boy in chat rooms?

If that's the case then half the people in chat rooms are felons, because almost none of them tell the truth about who they really are. The internet is rife with impersonation. Since when did tormenting someone in a chat room become a crime?

Prosecutors claim it's illegal to violate the terms of service with MySpace. Really? It's a felony to violate the terms of service that nobody even reads? Have YOU ever read the complete terms of service for a new credit card, an online membership or even a purchase you've made online? Virtually no one has.

So how do you know you're not violating something in those terms? Maybe the terms of service you didn't read require you to jump up and down, hooting like a monkey and scratching your butt crack. If you don't do that, according to the prosecutors in this case, you're suddenly a FELON that should spend 20 years in prison!

It's no exaggeration: This is the claim of the prosecutors. They say Lori Drew is a felon for violating the terms of service of MySpace, and that's it.

Gee, I'm pretty sure that's not a criminal offense, folks. The terms of service are a private agreement between YOU and the company. They are not enforced by the government, nor are they rules of law.

In other words, if you believe in actual law, you know that this whole Lori Drew case was total hogwash. Lori Drew was illegally prosecuted using laws that don't even apply to her actions. And the real reason why she was found guilty on these counts is because she was already pronounced guilty in the court of public opinion.

Is Lori Drew guilty of something? No doubt. She's probably guilty of being a mean psycho b*tch. But that's not (yet) illegal in this country, and if it ever becomes illegal, the prisons would be filled to capacity.

Listen: If a person decides to go kill themselves based on something you said, that's their problem, not yours. Words and thoughts are not crimes. ACTIONS are crimes. If Lori Drew pummeled that teen girl to death with an oversized computer monitor, then that would be a crime. But creating a false online personality and taunting the girl with words is no such crime.

It may be stupid. It may be mean. It may even be psycho. But it's not a crime.

And if it becomes a crime, somebody let me know, because I have a whole collection of hate mail from psycho Big Pharma drug pushers who told me to go kill myself. Gee, I wonder if the feds will go arrest all those people and charge them with felonies, too?

I'm not holding my breath on that one.

The law, you see, is selectively applied to whatever prosecution the public mob is calling for. We are no longer a nation of laws, we are a nation of Oprah-fied justice, where people are first found guilty in the tabloids, and then prosecutors scrounge around for some law they can find that might somehow apply.

The whole thing has turned out justice system into a complete joke.

Here's an idea! I'm going to modify the NaturalNews terms of service and make all government employees who visit the website pay me a million dollars per article. If they don't comply, I'll charge them with felony crimes and call the FBI. Can't wait for all the cash awards to start rolling in! This will be funů

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MySpace Hoax Verdict Means YOU Could Go to Prison for Not Reading "Terms of Service" Agreements

From Washingtonpost.com: The jury rejected felony charges against Lori Drew of accessing a computer without authorization to inflict emotional distress. Drew, 49, of O'Fallon, Mo., allegedly posed as the boy to harass a former friend of her daughter's. The jury did, however, find her guilty of three misdemeanor counts of violating the terms of service with MySpace.... more

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