WATCH Michelle Carter Sentencing In Teen Text Killer Case

Trevor Jackson
August 4, 2017

Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in June by a judge who said she caused the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III when she told him to "get back in" his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide. Carter asked again. "Stop ignoring the question".

Carter's case has drawn controversy because many legal scholars don't believe her actions rose to the level of causation.

The lawyer also said that Carter had advised Roy to get the help of a psychologist.

But Moniz said it was her instruction to Roy to get back into the vehicle - during a telephone call after he stepped out - and her failure to sound the alarm that was crucial to the conviction.

Cataldo also argued that what Carter said to Roy amounted to free speech and should be protected by the First Amendment.

"She instructs Mr. Roy to get back into the truck well-knowing of all of the feelings that he has exchanged with her; his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns".

"Some people think she should get 20 years because what she did was just so disgusting", Medwed said.

The case has been closely watched as a possible avenue for the creation of laws to punish those who might pressure another person into suicide.

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

Moniz said that moment was what led him to find Carter guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The American Civil Liberties Union of MA has already criticized the ruling as a violation of Carter's right to free speech. Healy said in a statement that Carter had sealed her fate "through the use of her own words".

For many experts judiriques, the outcome of the trial could be precedent-setting, and weigh in other cases involving adolescents. "So you wonder if the starkness of the things she said in the midst of the suicide moved the judge".

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued for probation, saying Carter doesn't pose a danger to the public. "[The defense] wanted to minimize [the emotion] by having a judge trial, but judges are human beings".

"This court must and has considered a balancing between rehabilitation, the promise that that rehabilitation would work and a punishment for the actions that have occurred", Judge Lawrence Moniz of Bristol County Juvenile Court said, announcing the sentence in a crowded courtroom.

"If I were the judge, that would be something that I would be thinking about", Bloom said. ".Well in my opinion, I think u should do the generator because I don't know much about the pump and with a generator u can't fail", Carter wrote to Roy, just days before he took his own life. "We don't anticipate [Carter] will do this again, and the sentence will predict that". He noted that Carter was three weeks away from adulthood at the time of the crime, but that she should still be considered a "child before the court".

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