Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction from Text Messages and the “Virtually Present” Defendant

By Fae Patton Content Warning: Suicide In the days leading up to her boyfriend’s suicide, seventeen-year-old Michelle Carter texted him four times urging him, “You just [have] to do it.”[1]  Recently, a Massachusetts judge ordered Carter, now twenty-two, to begin serving a fifteen-month sentence for involuntary manslaughter because of those text messages and phone call conversations […]