Woman Convicted in Massachusetts Texting/Suicide Case

On June 16, 2017, 20-year-old Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend via text messages to commit suicide on July 13, 2014 by carbon monoxide poisoning. She was 17 years old at the time, 40 miles away, and knew exactly where Conrad Roy III was at the time. Rather than prevent a depressed Roy from killing himself, she goaded him on and did nothing to stop it. The criminal case against Carter has sparked much debate about whether she should have been prosecuted at all. Curt Brown, a reporter who covered the case and attended the trial, shares his thoughts and observations.

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