Legally Speaking: Texting Suicide

Can an online troll be held accountable for another’s demise?

JUST RELEASED: Constitutional law professor Barry McDonald and We the Internet TV’s Lou Perez hash out yet another free-speech question in a newly released episode of WTI TV’s “Legally Speaking” series.

A Massachusetts woman encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide. Is she guilty of manslaughter, or was she within her First Amendment rights? If she's guilty, how should we punish online trolls who try to goad people into suicide? These are the questions raised in the latest episode of “Legally Speaking,” We the Internet TV’s series on the finer (and weirder) points of the First Amendment.

Watch the video here, and be sure to post your own questions about free speech in the comment section!