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she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in June twenty seventeen for urging her teenage boyfriend into suicide with a series of text messages but now Michelle Carter is asking the US Supreme Court to vacate her conviction , Carter's attorneys have filed an appeal with the High Court arguing that her conviction was based on quote words alone which they argue violated her first amendment right to free speech her attorneys say Carter did not cause the teenage boys tragic death and she should not be held criminally responsible for his suicide she call no one the case against Carter was heard in a juvenile court in Bristol county Massachusetts prosecutors said that as a seventeen year old in twenty fourteen she contributed to the data for eighteen year old boyfriend Conrad Roy by urging him to kill himself Korea mon zero myself he was already contemplating suicide at the time and it is parked truck filled with carbon monoxide about sixty miles south of Boston Roy did exactly what Carter urged him to do prosecutors presented evidence showing that Rory briefly left the vehicle after he began to be overwhelmed by the fumes but returned after Carter who spoke with him by phone urged him to quote get back in it earlier text messages Carter encourage worry to promise to kill himself and help him plan the event after he a big ended earlier suicide attempts Carter was sentenced to fifteen months in prison the conviction which marked the first time in this state a person had been found guilty of manslaughter only for words was upheld by Massachusetts top court in February