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Michelle Carter, convicted of compelling girlfriend for suicide through texts, prison leaders



Carter was convicted of involuntary violence in June 2017, after a judge ruled that her lyrics to Conrad Roy III persuaded him to kill himself.
Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz sentenced Carter to 15 months in prison in August 2017, but he allowed her to remain free while she appealed her conviction.
In a decision this month, the Massachusetts Supreme Court of Justice Carter maintained conviction, saying the evidence showed that her behavior caused Roy's death by suicide.

Monday, Deputies Carter led out of Taunton, Massachusetts, the courtroom after Moniz had given Commonwealth's request to revoke the stay of his sentence.

The case raised speeches about whether a person should be held accountable through their words for the actions of others.

  Conrad Roy III
Carter's lawyers said they filed an emergency on Monday and asked to extend their stay for their punishment while appealing her conviction to the US Supreme Court.

"The Roy family is happy to have this aspect of the case," says family lawyer Eric S. Goldman in a statement. The family continues to claim damages and hopes to create a fund in their son's name to educate people on suicide prevention.

Carter was 17, when Roy, 18, died in July 2014. The case hinged on text messages between the two, where Carter urged Roy to kill himself.

Prosecutors claimed that Carter listened over the phone when Roy choked inhalation of carbon monoxide in his pickup truck and failed to inform his parents or authorities when he died.

Carter's lawyers argued that her words encourage Roy's suicide, "but scary to this right was protected speech."

"Massachusetts would be the only state to maintain an involuntary violence conviction where an absentee defendant, in words alone, urged another person to commit suicide, "the lawyers said in their move.

On February 6, the State Supreme Court ruled that Carter "helped plan how, where and when" Roy would kill himself. Carter "downplayed" Roy fearing how his death by suicide would affect his family, the judges said and "repeatedly chastised him for his indecision."

Carter's lawyer said earlier this month that the ruling adherence to the belief was based on a narrative, the evidence did not emphasize.

"Today's decision stretches the law to blame for a tragedy that was not a crime, disturbing consequences, for freedom of speech, due process and the exercise of judgments that should concern us all," said lawyer Daniel Marx.

CNN's Janet DiGiacomo and Carma Hassan contributed to this story.


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