Michelle Carter has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend Conrad Roy, ending a trial which captured national attention and raised profound questions about mental health, suicide and freedom of speech.
Judge Lawrence Moniz issued the verdict Friday morning, ruling that verbally pressuring someone into suicide can be considered manslaughter in Massachusetts. Carter had waived her right to a jury trial and faces up to 20 years in prison.
This girl is a contemptible human being. When her boyfriend was pumping carbon monoxide into his pickup to kill himself, he got sick and scared and got out. Via text, she commanded him to get back in and die. He did. She didn’t try to stop him. She didn’t call for help. She didn’t inform his family. She ordered him to die.
That is sick beyond words but was it manslaughter? I say no. I say the boyfriend was ultimately responsible for his own death. I say that telling someone to kill himself is not a form of homicide and doesn’t become homicide if he follows through. Is is bullying or harassment? Sure. Is it incitement to commit a crime? Probably. It isn’t, however, homicide.
The boy ultimately killed himself. He did it by his hand. He made the decision. He is fully responsible. He should not be absolved of responsibility by charging an evil, rotten girl with a form of homicide.
There are several crimes she could have been charged with other than manslaughter. What she did was vile and inhuman, but it wasn’t homicide.