Can words alone kill?

A Massachusetts judge thinks so. Last week. Judge Lawrence Moniz convicted Michelle Carter of manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself over the phone. 

Matthew Segal of the Massachusset ACLU stated of the conviction: “This conviction exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the Massachusetts and US Constitutions.” If upheld on appeal, the verdict could chill “important and worthwhile end-of-life discussions between loved [ones] across the Commonwealth.” 

Read about the case and the reaction from legal scholars about the constitutional issues the verdict presents.