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May 2009 , Page 32 

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A Sword or a Shield? The New Administration's Approach to Cybercrime and Cybercrime Fighting

By Robert C. Blume, Alexander H. Southwell

In May 2008, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Lori Drew, alleging a criminal conspiracy and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,1 for a “hoax” communication over MySpace.com that allegedly led to the suicide of a 13-year-old Missouri girl, Megan Meier.2 The tragic facts of the case are well-known: Lori Drew, her daughter, and a teenager who worked in her house, created a fake MySpace account of a 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.” Evans “befriended” Meier.3 After exchanging friendly messages for weeks, Evans suddenly ended the “friendship” and turned his remarks into harassing, bullying communications.4 Troubled by this harassment and angered after an argument with her mother about MySpace usage, Meier, who had a history of depression, went to her room and hanged herself.5 

When these events came to light, a national and international media firestorm erupted. And the new media pundits and bloggers came out in force — sure that something was rotten in a mod

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