While the Bill Cosby and Philandro Castile verdicts grabbed most of the headlines, I believe the verdict in this trial has far more ramifications for most people. Long story short, in 2014 Conrad Roy III was stepping out of his truck filled he had filled with lethal fumes in an attempt to take his own life. On the phone was Michelle Carter who told him to get back in the truck and finish the job. She then listened to him die without trying to help him.
On Friday she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and could face up to 20 years in prison. This ruling brings up all kinds of questions about the scope of legal responsibility and where the line is now in terms of communication over the phone and social media.