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Trial Begins For Woman Charged With Texting Suicide Encouragement13:30
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Attorney Joseph Cataldo talks to his client, Michelle Carter.  Carter is charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)
Attorney Joseph Cataldo talks to his client, Michelle Carter. Carter is charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. (Faith Ninivaggi/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)
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Opening statements began today in a trial involving two teenagers, texting and suicide. Michelle Carter was 17 years old when she allegedly encouraged her friend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy, to kill himself.

The central question here is, are those text messages the same as helping someone kill himself?

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David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter. He tweets at @davidboeri.

Nancy Gertner, former Massachusetts federal judge, senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst. She tweets @ngertner.

This segment aired on June 6, 2017.

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