Should Encouraging Someone To Commit Suicide Be A Crime?

By Kristy Rice Jun 17, 2017

On Friday, June 16, 2017, Bristol County Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled that Michelle Carter, who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself via phone calls and text messages, be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Carter could face up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced in August.
Conrad Roy III was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck, which he'd parked behind a K-mart outside Boston, on July 13, 2014. He'd used the exhaust from a gas-powered water pump to poison himself.
Text conversations later surfaced that showed Carter's involvement in Roy's decision to take his own life.
“The communications illustrated a deeply troubled defendant whose actions rose to the level of wanton and reckless disregard for the life of the victim,” said Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Messages in the 40-page unsealed indictment reveal how Carter insisted Roy kill himself during the week before his death.
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