Crime & Courts

Defense of girl who pushed her boyfriend to kill himself says ‘no crime committed’

Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy

It is being reported on August 23, 2015 that the 17-year-old girl who convinced her boyfriend to commit suicide via text is claiming that no crime was committed.  The attorneys for Michelle Carter say that her text messages are protected under the first amendment.  “Michelle Carter, now 18, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning last July [2014] and was found in his truck behind a Fairhaven K-Mart, police said.”

Her lawyer, “Joseph P. Cataldo, said in an emailed response to questions from the Herald. ‘Michelle took no actions and her speech in the form of text messages and telephone calls do not amount to a crime. … Although the district attorney’s office does not like the content of the speech, it is speech which is constitutionally protected by the First Amendment and is not criminalized under our laws.’”

The full contents of Carters texts to Conrad can be read here.  Michelle continuously and repeatedly encouraged Conrad to commit suicide as soon as possible.  A sample of her texting with Conrad the day before he killed himself below:


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