"[Michelle] Carter is accused of involuntary manslaughter after [Conrad] Roy, 18, had siphoned carbon monoxide into his truck - a method recommended by Carter in text messages - in July 2014. Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo argued in New Bedford Juvenile Court last week that his client was 'brainwashed' by Roy into helping him commit suicide, and that her text messages violate no law in Massachusetts." - Klye Clauss, Boston Daily, September 2, 2015. Here is the article.
Usually the people who bang up against the law in suicides are the angels of mercy who assist the terminally ill. Despite their noble attentions, the law tends to be the law. In this bizarre version of that, a young girl allegedly coaches her young boyfriend to off himself because he is in "bad shape."
Reading the text messages breaks our hearts for the confused young man. At some point in our youth, we have probably been as unhinged as he was. And his "coach" comes across as knowing exactly what buttons to push for influence.
If the allegations are proved, I hope Carter receives the maximum sentence in prison. Since inmates are no stranger to suicide, she is bound to not have an easy life in the slammer. Most of those inmates struggle to help keep their own alive, despite the despair that hovers over those behind bars.