The Legal Merits Of The Michelle Carter “Texting Suicide” Appeal (Podcast)

In this podcast (a companion piece to my article posted here yesterday), we discuss the legal merits of Michelle Carter’s appeal of her involuntary manslaughter conviction in the notorious “texting suicide” trial.

What were the relevant issues in the case?
Was the conviction proper?
What is the likelihood of the conviction surviving appellate review?

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Should Michelle Carter Prevail In The Appeal Of Her Conviction For Involuntary Manslaughter?

Readers are likely familiar with the Michelle Carter “texting suicide” case.  She was criminally charged with goading her psychologically troubled boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, into committing suicide.  She was convicted by a Massachusetts judge in June 2017 of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 15 months in prison on August 3.  Judge Lawrence Moniz suspended execution of the sentence pending the outcome of Carter’s appeal.  What are the merits of her appeal, if any?  What are her chances of prevailing on appeal?  These questions will be discussed here.

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Sinister Puppeteer: Why Michelle Carter Was Properly Found Guilty Of Manslaughter

A Massachusetts judge recently found 20-year old defendant Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her “boyfriend,” Conrad Roy III.  The case had attracted national attention due to the unusual circumstances surrounding Roy’s death.  Media commentary focused on the fact that Carter’s role in Roy’s death revolved around the huge volume of text messages she sent him before and during his suicide.  Many voices wrongly saw this case as some sort of “free speech” issue; but closer examination of the facts paints the case in a very different light.  This was the act of a malevolent puppetmaster who manipulated a sick man right into his own grave.

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