Judge Wu Reschedules Sentencing in Lori Drew Case to July, Leaves Motion to Dismiss Undecided:
Today was the scheduled day for sentencing in the Lori Drew case, and presumably the day when Judge Wu would hand down the ruling on the motion to dismiss. I wasn't able to make it out there for the ruling, but the Associated Press is reporting that Judge Wu did not decide the motion to dismiss and instead rescheduled the sentencing hearing to July:
A Los Angeles federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide.UPDATE, @7pm: Kim Zetter of Wired News has now posted her summary, which adds a bit of detail:
U.S. District Judge George Wu on Monday rescheduled Lori Drew's sentencing to July 2.
The judge says he wants to review some testimony by prosecution witnesses. He did not rule on a defense motion to dismiss Drew's convictions on three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization
After an hour of discussion with prosecutors and Drew's defense attorney, U.S. District Judge George Wu indicated he was still weighing a defense motion to overturn the jury verdict in the case and that he needs to review transcripts from the trial to weigh both the motion to overturn and the sentencing. Sentencing is now set for July 2nd.
Wu peppered U.S. attorney Mark Krause repeatedly about using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to prosecute Drew and the government's assertions about who constitutes a victim in the case.
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