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L.A. judge hears bid to dismiss Missouri woman's MySpace conviction

LOS ANGELES | A federal judge in Los Angeles has heard arguments on a defense request to dismiss the conviction of a Missouri woman involved in a MySpace hoax on a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide.

U.S. District Court Judge George Wu did not immediately rule after oral arguments Thursday. The judge, however, did set an April 30 sentencing date for Lori Drew, who was not present.

Drew was found guilty in November of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization.

Prosecutors said Drew violated MySpace service rules by helping create a fictitious teen boy on the social networking site and sent flirtatious messages from him to young neighbor Megan Meier.

The fake boy then dumped Megan in a message saying the world would be better without her. She soon hanged herself.

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