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.
“The defendant gives notice … of her intent to appeal certain opinions, rulings, directions and judgments of the Court,” read the documents written by Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, Radar Online reported.
“I 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 Attorney’s Office.”
Cataldo argued that the ruling against Carter had no precedent to back it up.
“This is a very unique and, despite the court’s findings, novel issue involving speech alone, without presence – without physical presence,” he told Mass Live in early August. “I suggest this is a very important legal issue that needs to be pursue in the appellate court.”
Carter, 20, was convicted of convincing her then-boyfriend, Roy, to commit suicide in a barrage of incriminating text messages.
“You just need to do it Conrad,” she wrote. “The more you push it off, the more it will eat at you.”
Later on the day of Roy’s death, Carter added: “You’re ready and prepared. All you have to do is turn the generator on and you’ll be free and happy. No more pushing it off, no more waiting.”