Mass Supreme Court Affirms Conviction of Girlfriend in Texting Suicide Case

In a case that has gained national notoriety, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy by inhaling carbon monoxide that was produced by a gasoline-powered water pump located in his truck.¹   This week, the Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed her conviction dismissing challenges on the basis of…

Maine Supreme Court – Facebook Posts May Constitute a Communication in Violation of Restraining Order

Richard Heffron III was subject to a protection from abuse order that prohibited him “from having any contact, direct or indirect,” with the protected person whom he once had a relationship with.  He was convicted of violating that order by making posts that began some of the posts with the phrase, “Hey, [protected person’s name],” and…

CLBR #305: Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia

Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK In the past few years, we have had a number of shoes dealing with the online abuse, especially for women and journalists, including: CLBR #225: Online Trolls with Fusion’s Kristen V. Brown (June 22, 2016);…

Amnesty Int’l Report: Twitter’s Failure to Protect Women from Online Abuse Violates Human Rights Law

Amnesty International released a landmark report on its 16-month investigation of abuse of women in Twitter entitled “TOXIC TWITTER – A TOXIC PLACE FOR WOMEN,” which charges that Twitter’s failure to safeguard women on its platform is a human rights violation. As the report explains: [F]or many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and…