dglobalnews.com Amanda Knox pens opinion piece in support of Michelle Carter
Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Amanda Knox pens opinion piece in support of Michelle Carter

Amanda Knox pens opinion piece in support of Michelle Carter

The case relates to the death of Conrad Roy III, who committed suicide in 2014.

Roy, who was 18 years old at the time, killed himself by filling his truck with carbon monoxide.

Moniz, who found Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June after a jury-waived trial, will weigh the competing pleas when he hands down a sentence tomorrow at 2 p.m.

He also sentenced her to five years of probation, as he called the case "a tragedy for two families".

However, the judge granted Carter a stay of incarceration, meaning Carter will not serve time behind bars until she has exhausted her appeals in state court.

Amanda Knox penned an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times published Friday that calls for Carter to receive help, not prison time. "Carter made bad choices of her own, awful mistakes, as her defense attorney said, that she will have to live with for the rest of her life". He said he will also argue Carter didn't break any laws because MA doesn't have a law against assisting or encouraging suicide.

Reportedly, Michelle Carter exchanged hundreds of text messages with Conrad Roy, continuously pleading him to follow his plan of ending his life and hide it from his parents. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz convicted Carter in June after a bench trial, saying her final instruction to Roy to get back in the truck caused his death.

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"I am fearful that time spent in a confined, prison environment would dramatically impair and impede Michelle's development growth and request that you invoke leniency in your decision-making process", she wrote in a letter, provided to the Herald.

On July 12, 2014, a day before Roy was found dead, Carter wrote: "So I guess you aren't gonna do it then, all that for nothing". By holding her accountable for Roy's death, we increase the tally of victims in this case, we ignore the mental health factors that lead to suicide, and we learn nothing about how to prevent it. He also argued Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment. "And the world no longer has that", she said.

"Twenty years may seem extreme but it is still 20 more than Conrad will ever have", she said.

Prosecutors in the case argued that Carter engaged in a "sick game" created to provoke sympathy from friends. "I think she was responsible for his death".

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"I would be concerned if you weren't scared, but I know how bad you want this and how bad you want to be happy". "And there should not be any sentence handed down against Ms. Carter for involuntary manslaughter because her conviction for that crime is improper". "I think MA needs a specific statute that criminalizes encouraging or coercing suicide", he added.

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