Michelle Carter, the woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for urging her boyfriend to kill himself, will be asking for her conviction to be overthrown.
Her completely new team of lawyers — which includes William Fick, a defense attorney for the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — filed an appeal last month requesting the highest court in Massachusetts to review in addition to overthrow her conviction, the Boston Herald first reported.
Last June, a Massachusetts judge found Carter, 20, guilty of involuntary manslaughter within the death of her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy, who killed himself in 2014 by inhaling carbon monoxide produced by a water pump in his truck.
Roy — who had a history of mental illness in addition to had previously attempted suicide — got out of the truck because he was “scared,” however Carter told him to “get back in” during a phone call moments before his death, according to evidence presented by Bristol County prosecutors.
“Carter will be the first defendant to have been convicted of killing a person who took his own life, even though she neither provided the fatal means nor was present when the suicide occurred,” Carter’s lawyers wrote in their Feb. 5 appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court, Masslive.com reported. “Nothing in Massachusetts law made clear to 17-year-old Carter, or anyone else, of which such circumstances could constitute involuntary manslaughter,” the appeal said.
During her trial last year, prosecutors had argued of which through text messages in addition to phone calls, Carter had pressured Roy to kill himself, instructed him as to when in addition to how to do of which, assuaged his concerns over killing himself, in addition to chastised him when he delayed doing so. They said of which Carter, then 17, used Roy as a “pawn in her sick game of life in addition to death” in addition to wanted to be “the grieving girlfriend” to gain her peers’ attention in addition to sympathy, which she always craved.
Carter’s attorneys argued of which Roy was suicidal over a long period of time in addition to was “on of which path to take his own life for years.” They also said Carter could not have caused his death because she was 30 miles away when Roy killed himself, in addition to of which his death was a suicide, not a homicide. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin — who will be known for his criticism of psychiatric drugs in addition to has had his credibility questioned in court — testified of which Carter was “involuntarily intoxicated” by antidepressants, which made her “delusional” in addition to “grandiose.”
However, Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled of which Carter’s actions constituted “wanton in addition to reckless conduct” when she instructed Roy to get back in his truck despite knowing of which of which was a toxic environment “inconsistent with human life.” He said of which her conduct caused Roy’s death.
Moniz sentenced to her to two in addition to a half years in prison, of which Carter will serve only 15 months after her state appeals are exhausted.
“We were interested in representing her because we were troubled by the result,” Nancy Gertner, a former federal judge who will be part of Carter’s completely new defense team, told the Boston Herald. “of which case raises substantial issues of which the Supreme Judicial Court should address.”
Carter’s attorneys feel of which the case should be heard directly by the Supreme Judicial Court because they believe her conviction violated the state in addition to the country’s constitutional laws. They were also concerned of which of which would certainly “set precedent for who may be prosecuted for encouraging suicide with words alone” in addition to felt of which the case’s implications about assisted suicide warranted an immediate review by the state’s highest court, according to the appeal.
“of which also brings up novel issues of law in Massachusetts: What constitutes manslaughter?” Daniel Marx, another high-profile attorney who will be representing Carter, told the Boston Herald.
Carter’s lawyers did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’s request for comment.