Teen texting manslaughter verdict could face a legal challenge

Kristopher Drake
August 4, 2017

The prosecution had sought a sentence of between seven and 12 years, accusing Carter of waging "a deliberate, well-thought-out campaign" to cause Roy's death in a bid to seek attention and sympathy. You said you were gonna do it. "Stop ignoring the question????"

Flynn said Thursday that all Carter needed to do was ask Roy to leave the truck. You just have to do it. The more you push it off, the more it will eat at you. You're ready. You're determined. She will receive her sentencing on Thursday at 2 p.m.

"Whether she appeals will depend on what she gets". "Other people think it's unfair to make an example of her because she was a troubled teenager who doesn't deserve to be sentenced to prison". Manslaughter across the country is a unique kind of crime.

The length of Carter's sentence will likely influence whether she appeals the verdict. At that point, according to trial testimony, Carter and Roy spoke on the phone and she told him to get back in - and he did.

Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which voted to indict Carter on a count of involuntary manslaughter.

United States media says one of Roy's relatives is seeking the maximum 20 years, but that Carter's father will instead plead for probation.

Carter's defense attorney Joseph Cataldo argued Carter would be better rehabilitated if she underwent mental health treatment, and said she regretted her actions.

"I believe she should be kept far away from society", wrote Kim Bozzi, Roy's aunt, in a victim impact statement she shared earlier this week with the Herald and planned to read in court today.

"The judge found she should have intervened, and that's also an unusual finding". "Words, usually just words, are not sufficient [to prove manslaughter]".


The American Civil Liberties Union of MA has already criticized the ruling as a violation of Carter's right to free speech.

"This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the MA and U.S. Constitutions".

"Miss Carter will have to live with the consequences of this for the rest of her life..."

The verdict sent immediate shockwaves across the country and drew opposing stances from experts in the legal community.

Before trial, the case went all the way to the Supreme Judicial Court. "[The defense] wanted to minimize [the emotion] by having a judge trial, but judges are human beings".

Judge Lawrence Moniz told Michelle Carter in the Bristol County House of Corrections that after the 15 months, the balance of her sentence would be suspended until August 1, 2022 on probation.

"Where one's action creates a life-threatening risk to another, there is a duty to take reasonable steps to alleviate the risk", the judge said in issuing his verdict. "We don't anticipate [Carter] will do this again, and the sentence will predict that".

Medwed said that he "strongly believed" Moniz would sentence her to prison, because during trial the judge "could barely hide his disdain for her when he rendered the verdict".

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