The Defense

In an attempt to prove that she was not solely responsible for boyfriend Conrad Roy's suicide, Michelle Carter's legal team begins their defense by focusing on Conrad's relationship with his parents. They next call to the stand clinical psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin as an expert witness to speak to Michelle's own mental-health issues and her prescribed medications that may have influenced her perception of reality. A deeper dive into texts between the teenagers reveals a more complicated relationship than meets the eye; the defense argues that Michelle took Conrad's lead when encouraging his suicide and looked to pop culture for inspiration in building up a fantasy around her troubled romance. As the surrounding community remains split on whether Michelle is a murderer or a victim, the judge reaches a verdict in a complex case that could have significant legal consequences.

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