Although what's wrong might seem pretty obvious in some cases, it really needs a lot of deep thought to draw a line, freedom of speech, practical jokes, stolen identities, made up identities...
Until enough experience is gained it might be wiser to just let common sense decide.
Just hope that the jury can meditate deep enough.
If this case passes through unpunished, it will go as an example to others, faking identities is a big no no! but then it could be pushed up to always using your real credentials for whatever you do online (good for anti spam, but bad for personal safety)...
Time to get a new attorney. Apparently, Mr Kielty fails to understand that when something is against the law, it is by definition criminal behavior. He can argue that the law is invalid, inappropriate, or unjust, and that it shouldn't be criminal behavior, but at this time it is a crime in Missouri.
This 'case' had consequences on the minor enough for suspicion and calling the cops, but consequences can be as little as someone laughing a bit at your back when you walk by, and you might never notice, or even if you might think you've done something (bad hair ) and live your life as always just because you haven't checked craiglist that day (or never).
Am I the only one who thinks four years is a little excessive? She did something illegal and deserves to be punished, but four years in prison? Really? I say give her a much larger fine, 5 years probation. and put her on the sex offender's list.
I suppose then speeding or running a stop sign by mistake makes you a criminal too. "By definition" doesn't not make it reasonable. Use common sense people, think for yourself. Criminal behavior is subjective and argueable that's why there are lawyers. DUH!! Laws get amended after certain incident in which the courts find the law to be wrong.
In doubts and times like these I wish there were an allknowing force to judge malevolence and punish accordingly, but fact is the world is here and now and not fair and all we can do is fight to make it fairer. I know StarTrek has already said that alot, but they were smart people saying that via the mouths of StarTrek characters.