Prosecutor Lists Reasons for Declining to File Charges

Will it Make Any Difference in the Public Mind? 

Is This the “Other Side of the Story”?

Jack Banas, the St. Charles County prosecutor who announced that no charges would be filed over the Megan Meier Internet hoax, answered some questions yesterday about why no charges would be forthcoming.

But he did not put an end to all the questions in the public’s mind. And he was not the only one who commented on the story yesterday.

A blogger claiming to be Lori Drew posted “I’m Lori Drew” yesterday and engaged, for several hours in a running argument with readers who commented.

Whether it was really Lori Drew or not, it was one of the only places that was arguing another side to the Megan Meier story–albeit, not very effectively.

After looking over press accounts of the report yesterday by the prosecutor, we picked out what might be some items for the defense of Lori Drew in the public’s mind.

They were among the reasons that Banas stated no criminal behavior had taken place among the hoaxers that he could find.

We present some salient facts. Do they argue for or against the prosecutor’s decision?

* A friend and employee of the Drews’, Ashley Grills, who was 18 at the time, located Megan’s MySpace page. The three [Lori Drew, Ashley Grills, and Drew’s daughter] created Josh Evans to find out what Megan was saying about Drew’s daughter.

* For six weeks, Josh and Megan traded “innocuous” messages, Banas said, with no sexual suggestion and no “demeaning or disrespectful” language sent by either.

* On Oct. 15, 2006, the day before Megan committed suicide, a friend of Drew’s daughter was given the password to the Josh Evans account. The friend sent Megan a message as Josh saying he had heard Megan was mean to her friends.

Read rest of story:

Lori Drew, Megan Meier: Prosecutor Presents Points in Drew’s Defense 


Lori Drew, Megan Meier: Prosecutor Presents Points in Drew’s Defense

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