Mass ACLU: Michelle Carter conviction 'imperils free speech'

MA juvenile court judge Lawrence Moniz stated that Carter was "mindful" of the carbon monoxide fumes that were accumulating inside Roy's pickup truck, yet instructed and encouraged the troubled teen to get back inside the vehicle.

The 18-year-old was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in July 2014.

Moniz focused on Carter's instructions to Roy to get back into his truck when he was first overcome by fumes spewed by a generator.

The judge disagreed, saying he did not take into account in his verdict Roy's previous attempts at suicide. You just have to do it.

Carter faces up to 20 years in prison. "You can't keep doing this every day".

When Roy insisted that he meant to carry out the act, but wasn't ready, he was met with a barrage of criticism from his girlfriend. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications.

Matthew Segal, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of MA, said that the verdict was a "drastic expansion of criminal law in MA".

According to CNN, Carter's guilty conviction could set a legal precedent in MA on whether or not it is a crime to tell someone to commit suicide. "Like I don't get why you aren't".

"I am not going to sleep until you are in the vehicle with the generator on", she wrote in one text.

" 'He came to rely on her more and more than anyone else during that time period, ' Flynn said".

Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo portrayed Carter as not in control of her actions because of prescription medication that left her with the delusion that she could help Roy by urging his death. "The court finds that the conduct caused the death of Mr. Roy".

Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself. Prosecutors proved that the defendant was on guilty for encouraging the victim via text to kill himself.

Michelle Carter, who was 17 when she committed the crime, was talking to her then-boyfriend via text during a suicide attempt.

"The evidence actually established that Conrad Roy caused his own death by his physical actions and by his own thoughts", Cataldo said.

Carter cried as the judge handed in his verdict in a nonjury trial.

The defense argued that Carter had been "dragged" into Roy's longtime intent to commit suicide and was delusional, "overwhelmed" by Roy's talk of suicide and taking a new prescription for antidepressants.

The case has been closely watched in the legal community and widely shared on social media.

"Ms. Carter has now been convicted of manslaughter, based on the prosecution's theory that, as a 17-year-old girl, she literally killed Mr. Roy with her words", ACLU Legal Director Matthew Segal said hours after the verdict.