By Keegan Hamilton
Technically this is old news — the judge in the case said way back on July 2 that he had “tentatively” decided to overrule the LA jury’s three guilty verdicts and acquit Lori Drew on misdemeanor charges of violating MySpace’s “Terms of Service” agreement. But, as of last Friday, the judge’s ruling became official and the (mostly positive) long-term implications warrant a little discussion.
Several legal and online naval-gazers are celebrating the ruling. Perhaps the folks at Wired put it best when they wrote that the acquittal is “the only sensible disposition of a depressingly sad case.” The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog said the decision protects an “unconstitutionally vague” reading of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Full story.