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Is Michelle Carter criminally responsible for Conrad Roy’s Death?
Michelle Carter is criminally responsible for Conrad Roy III’s death.
The actions that Michelle Carter took would have been unquestionably criminal if done face-to-face, so it should be no different via phone.
By encouraging Conrad Roy to take his own life, Michelle Carter turned his death into an assisted suicide, making her just as responsible as him.
If Michelle Carter truly cared about Conrad Roy, she would have tried to help him find professional help, not encourage him to take his own life. In convincing him to commit suicide, she acted with clear criminal intent to kill.
Since suicide has been decriminalized, Michelle Carter did not commit a crime by encouraging a suicide.
Regardless of what Michelle Carter told Conrad Roy to do, it was ultimately his choice to commit suicide.
In a text message, Michelle Carter told Conrad Roy that if he didn’t commit suicide she was “gonna get [him] help,” showing that she encouraged a healthy alternative to suicide.
Michelle Carter’s First Amendment right to free speech allows her to legally express any opinion, even if that opinion is that it would be best for someone to commit suicide.
The common law of involuntary manslaughter is too vague to justify a conviction in a case of assisted or encouraged suicide.
Michelle Carter was a juvenile at the time of the alleged crime, and therefore her conviction is invalid because she was tried as an adult.
Should individuals sentenced to life in prison be allowed to choose death instead?
Humans will be responsible for their own extinction
Criminals should not be allowed to publish accounts of their crimes