Federal Prosecutors Eye MySpace Bullying Case

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A 13-year-old girl from the St. Louis area killed herself after getting cruel messages on MySpace, spotlighting the issue of Internet bullying. But none of the alleged perpetrators — including an adult — has been charged, because authorities could not find an applicable law.

As federal prosecutors in Los Angeles consider charges of Internet fraud — for a fake MySpace account — lawmakers in Missouri are considering making online harassment a felony. But legal experts say it's tough to enforce laws against Internet bullying.

Matt Sepic reports from member station KWMU in St. Louis.

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