Michelle Carter Supreme Judicial Court Update

     The Digital Edition of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has ruled unanimously in a 33 page ruling that Michelle Carter acted with criminal intent when she texted and called Conrad Roy lll during the relationship between the two, ultimately convincing him to take his own life. 
     Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in prison during a bench trial in 2017. 
     Carter's defense team argued that her text messages, phone calls and e-mails with Roy, which were referenced in the ruling, were forms of free speech and protected by the First Amendment. 
     Carter was 17 and just one month out of a psychiatric hospital when prosecutors charged that she urged Roy, who was 18, to end his life on the night of July 13, 2014 in his pickup truck, in a Fairhaven parking lot.