January 08, 2008
Jan 8, 2008 (The Weekly Vice) - Fresh on the heels of news that a California grand jury has ordered subpoenas in the Megan Meier case, Tina Meier guest starred on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss the case of her daughter's online harassment and subsequent suicide.
I've watched many news interviews on this case and at this point I'd have to say Dr. Phil really did the best job of covering the issues and legal dynamics of the case in comparison to any news report I've seen on this case to date.
The show certainly gained unprecedented access into the Meier's home, where the show was able to capture quite a bit of footage of the Meier home, the neighborhood and a fresh glimpse of the Drew family's home. (The camera man must have had his moxy on that day)
The show added depth to the discussion by also introducing two other guests, which allowed a good dialogue to develop into the legal problems and solutions this case spotlights. Missouri Senator Scott Rupp and first amendment attorney Larry Walters discussed the case and surprisingly found quite a bit of common ground, considering they view the law from different angles on this case.
I especially thought Mr. Walters did a fine job of carving out ways of enacting laws while balancing the issues of free speech and civil rights. Missouri Senator Scott Rupp's insistance that he would continue to push for legislative reform was reassuring, as the case has drifted off the major media's radar as of late.
When asked whether or not Larry Walters would defend Lori Drew if asked to do so, Larry Walters replied. "As a private lawyer, I get to pick and choose my cases. I probably would not." I liked his honesty, when a lot of attorneys tend to sidestep this question with spin.
The show also did an outstanding job of contrasting Lori Drew's prior statements of her involvement in the case, compared to the lawyered answer she gives now. Her story has now changed to one of no involvement whatsoever, a sharp contrast to the detailed admission that Lori Drew provided to police before her name was revealed by the blogging community several months ago.
My hat is off to the Dr. Phil show, Senator Scott Rupp and Larry Walter for a fine discussion on this case.
You can read text and view screenshots from the interview HERE