Michelle Carter's lawyers appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to take up texting suicide case 07/09/2019 10:00 am PDT Comments WTIC via WTIC: BOSTON (WTIC/AP) -- Lawyers for a woman who encouraged her boyfriend through text messages to take his own life have appealed her involuntary manslaughter conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Michelle Carter's attorneys told the high court in a petition filed Monday that her conviction, based on her “words alone,” violated her First Amendment right to free speech. Carter began serving a 15-month jail sentence in February after Massachusetts' highest court upheld her 2017 conviction in Conrad Roy III's death. One of her lawyers said in an emailed statement that Carter “did not cause Carter Roy's tragic death and should not be held criminally responsible for his suicide.” MORE: Michelle Carter's lawyers urge US high court to take up texting suicide appeal - WTIC #Appeal #Conviction #Legal #Manslaughter #SupremeCourt #Update #WTIC Related Stories Plainville teen in texting suicide trial: 'I heard him die' Mass. high court upholds manslaughter conviction in texting suicide case Teen suicide texting case: Doc says Carter 'lives to help people' Massachusetts woman begins jail sentence for texting suicide conviction Michelle Carter guilty in texting suicide trial Michelle Carter sentenced to 15 months in prison Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.