Still No Decision on MySpace Mom Trial Dismissals
Time seems to have stood still in Federal Judge George Wu's courtroom. Back in November Dean Steward, the lawyer defending Lori Drew, who was accused of harassing a young girl through a bogus MySpace account, filed for a dismissal. The "Rule 29" grounds were simple: The government had not put on any evidence showing Drew had even read the MySpace terms of service she was accused of violating, and had not participated sending in the fateful AOL Instant Message that apparently sent Megan Meier, a fragile 13 year old, over the edge to hang herself. (That non-MySpace message had been sent by a teenager who became a government witness enjoying immunity from prosecution.)
"I will think about that," said Wu. "I have to digest the jurors' verdict."
Digestion has come slow. At yesterday's hearing on dismissal motions, Wu said he needed more time think over Steward's Rule 29 motion. As for when he would get around to sentencing Drew, Wu did make a decision -- April 30.