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Can you actually be charged with texting someone to death?

Answer: Yes, you can. Teenager Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for sending a barrage of text message to her boyfriend, encouraging him to kill himself.  They texted about how he could kill himself with carbon monoxide.  In the last days of his life, she texted repeatedly, "You just need to do it". When he started to get sick from the fumes being pumped into his car, he got out - only to be told by Ms. Carter to "get back in".  He was found dead the next day.   

Lesson Learned:  Before this conviction, most lawyers agreed that speech - even hateful, reprehensible or reckless speech - was just talk that was protected by the First Amendment. While this decision may not set a precedent, texting that is viewed as bullying, encouraging suicide or encouraging violence is being taken more seriously by the courts.  And text messages are being admitted into evidence more and more as admissions - so before you fire off a nasty text (or a series of them), remember that, in this day and age, it might just be used against you in a court of law and could put you behind bars.      

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