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 Cyber-bully trial in limbo after testimony

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Date posted: 24/11/2008

The criminal trial of accused cyber-bully Lori Drew is in limbo as a federal judge considers whether to dismiss the case during the trial.
After prosecutors rested their case Friday afternoon in California, Drew lawyer H. Dean Steward asked U.S. District Judge George H. Wu to dismiss the indictment, saying prosecutors had not proven their case.

It is a routine motion that lawyers file at that point in a trial. Judges frequently give those motions little consideration.

But as befits a trial that marks the first known use of a law typically aimed at computer hackers to go after cyber-bullying blamed for the 2006 death of Megan Meier, 13, of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., the motion sparked a long discussion and a 30-minute delay. Wu eventually said that he would make a decision over the weekend. He then let Steward proceed with his case.

The crux is what Drew, 49, a neighbor of Megan's, knew and when she knew it. Steward argued that prosecutors had presented no evidence that Drew read or saw the MySpace rules that she is accused of violating.

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