Judge Delays Sentencing in MySpace Suicide Case

Plans to review witness testimony
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2009 6:44 PM CDT
Lori Drew, left, and her daughter Sarah, arrive at federal court Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – A federal judge in Los Angeles has delayed the sentencing of a Missouri woman for her role in the MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor who ended up committing suicide. US District Judge George Wu today rescheduled Lori Drew's sentencing for July 2. The judge says he wants to review testimony from prosecution witnesses. He did not rule on a motion to dismiss Drew's misdemeanor convictions for improperly accessing computers.

Prosecutors say Drew sought to humiliate Megan Meier by helping create a fictitious teen boy on the social networking site and sending flirtatious messages to the girl in his name. The fake boy then dumped Megan in a message saying the world would be better without her. She hanged herself a short time later in October 2006. (Read more Lori Drew stories.)