Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from woman who encouraged boyfriend to kill himself
© Greg Nash

The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a woman who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014.

Michelle Carter's conviction will now stand and she will be required to serve her 15-month jail sentence.

Carter's case gained nationwide attention and was the subject of an HBO documentary called "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter."

During trial, prosecutors showed text messages between Carter and her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, in which she encouraged him to kill himself and then spoke with him on the phone as he filled his car with carbon monoxide in July 2014. Carter was 17 at the time and Roy was 18.

In a filing to the court submitted in July 2019, Carter's lawyers claimed that the conviction was unprecedented because nobody had ever been convicted for telling someone to commit suicide without actually being present for the act. They argued that her conviction violated the First Amendment.

In February of last year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction, and she began serving her sentence afterward.