physics - 9:57 pm on Dec 1, 2008 (gmt 0)
Thinking about some of these replies leads me to think that our legal system is more broken than I thought it was. We shouldn't have to twist irrelevant existing laws to convict people of crimes.
Extending relevant existing laws is one thing. For example, if there was an actual non-internet bullying law that could be extended. IANAL but I don't think there is any kind of law against being really mean to people.
In fact a kid at my high school that was constantly picked on committed suicide. Everyone knew he had been picked on and felt horrible, especially the people who had picked on him the most (they will have to live with that forever), but no one was charged with a crime. Maybe there should be a law that helps prevent this sort of thing but there isn't, AFAIK.
It shouldn't be legal to go around twisting laws that affect EVERYONE to punish one horrible person just because it happened on the internet.