The Massachusetts woman who convinced her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages is hoping that her latest legal maneuver will keep her out of prison by appealing the ruling that saw her get ordered to serve 15 months in jail.
Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, after she coerced him into committing suicide in a slew of shocking text messages. But on Wednesday, the culprit filed a notice of appeal that could possibly keep her out of prison by arguing that her messages were protected by the first amendment.
âThe defendant gives notice âŚ of her intent to appeal certain opinions, rulings, directions and judgments of the Court,â read the documents written by Carterâs attorney, Joseph Cataldo, Radar Online reported.
âI served a copy of the below-listed documents, via first-class mail, postage prepaid, and via email, upon Assistant District Attorney Katie C. Rayburn and Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn, Bristol County District Attorneyâs Office.â
Cataldo argued that the ruling against Carter had no precedent to back it up.
âThis is a very unique and, despite the courtâs findings, novel issue involving speech alone, without presence â without physical presence,â he told Mass Live in early August. âI suggest this is a very important legal issue that needs to be pursue in the appellate court.â
Carter, 20, was convicted of convincing her then-boyfriend, Roy, to commit suicide in a barrage of incriminating text messages.
âYou just need to do it Conrad,â she wrote. âThe more you push it off, the more it will eat at you.â
Later on the day of Royâs death, Carter added: âYouâre ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and youâll be free and happy. No more pushing it off, no more waiting.â