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Lori Drew Pleads Not Guilty to MySpace Suicide Hoax

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Lori Drew appeared in Los Angeles federal court Monday to respond to charges stemming from the "MySpace suicide" hoax. Drew is accused of setting up a fake MySpace profile that is believed to have contributed to the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier. According to the New York Times, the Missouri mother pleaded not guilty to charges of internet fraud and conspiracy to inflict emotional distress. Drew and her attorney declined comment. According to the Associated Press, Drew is currently free on a $20,000 bond.

The charges were filed in California where MySpace is based...Drew's case was assigned to U.S. District Court Judge George Wu and her trial scheduled for July 29. A status conference was scheduled for June 26. U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said Drew would be allowed to return home pending trial. -Linda Deutsch for AP

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, used to charge Drew, is usually reserved for computer hackers who illegally access information stored on protected computers. The applicability of this law to Drew's alleged acts is already raising questions.