Jan 8, 2008 (The Weekly Vice) - The tragic case of Megan Meier, a Dardenne Prairie teenager who hung herself after she she was bullied through a MySpace account, has taken on new life.
A Federal grand jury in Los Angeles has commenced issuing subpoenas in the case of the 13 year old teen who was stalked, harassed and bullied for weeks via the teenager's MySpace account.
This case ignited a brush fire of outrage against Lori Drew, the adult who admitted to developing the fake MySpace account which was used by herself, her daughter and her employee to taunt the depressed teen.
The tragedy began when 13 year old Megan Meier began receiving the affectionate emails from what she thought was a 16 year old boy who developed an interest in her. The relationship had progressed for week, often times becoming sexual for a 13 year old according the police report Lori Drew herself filed shortly after Megan's suicide.
The relationship abruptly ended when the boy turned verbally abusive towards her. The harassment ended in a final message from the boy which suggested that the 'world would be better off without her. The emotionally devastated Megan responded by hanging herself with a belt in her bedroom closet.
Weeks later, information and a police report surfaced which indicated that the 16 year old boy who had befriended and then later devastated the teen wasn't a teenage boy at all. It was the mother of a friend Megan had recently parted ways with.
According to a police report which The Weekly Vice published back in November, Lori Drew stipulated to her involvement in the development of the MySpace account. It was later revealed that Lori Drew's daughter and an employee of Mrs. Drew's company were also in on the harassment.
Local officials dismissed the case citing that the case did not rise to the level of a broken law, which outraged an entire nation who expressed their anger and grief at countless websites and blogs across the Internet. Later, officials in the case banned any further public inquiries into the details of the case, another move that many believe raised suspicions of a potential cover-up by officials in the case.
Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, however, are exploring the possibility of charging Drew with defrauding MySpace by creating the false account that she, her daughter and another person used to communicate with Megan according to the Los Angeles Times.
The grand jury issued several subpoenas last week, including one to MySpace and others to "witnesses in the case." according to the LA times source.
The prosecutors believe they have jurisdiction because MySpace -- the would-be victim -- is based in Beverly Hills, the sources said.
While the subpoenas breath new life into a case many view as an instance of injustice served by authorities in the case, experts are stressing caution, when it comes to what might inevitably be achieved by this unprecedented action.
Charges under this category of law would not yield the kind of justice many would like to see happen in the Megan Meier case. It's also important to note that this is relatively new territory for any prosecutor to go.