After jurors were escorted from the courtroom, Steward asked for a mistrial. Wu denied the request, and told Steward that if he'd found Meier's testimony objectionable, then he could have objected to it at the time. "I would have sustained [those objections]," he said.
Ouch. How would you cross-examine Tina Meier without making the jurors think you're attacking this poor woman who lost her daughter?
The flat fact of the matter is, Lori Drew wouldn't have been charged in federal court in Los Angeles without a dead girl's body. And, most likely —let's be honest— a dead white girl's body. No matter how many times the judge or the prosecutor or the defense tells them that this isn't a homicide case, there's some small chance the jury will have enough common sense to see the obvious.
Steward's point: by lying about her age, Megan herself had committed the same terms-of-service violation that Drew is now facing felony prosecution over. He introduced this theme earlier in his cross examination, asking Meier if she'd read MySpace's contract before allowing Megan to establish the MySpace profile through which she befriended "Josh." MySpace doesn't allow users under the age of 14.
Meier answered that she had read every word, even though it took some 25 minutes. She once worked for a law firm, she said, and had learned to read any contract carefully before agreeing to it. In this case, Meier saw no harm in letting Megan sign up while only 13, because she'd be turning 14 in about a month-and-a-half.
That so many people take seriously the prosecution's theory that violation of MySpace terms of service is a federal felony marks a watershed in the country's approach to the rule of law.
A former law student was recently arrested, accused of creating a bogus e-mail to get a former law professor in trouble.
Investigators went through computer records and found that Green had created the e-mail address Jorgensen672@aol.com while she was working for a Southside law firm.
Is it fundamentally fair to hale someone off to a court hundreds or thousands of miles away to face trial on a pretended offense?
That, it seems to me, was a cause of revolution.
To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses: