Wired/Threat Level reports:
Lori Drew, the 49-year-old woman charged in the first federal cyberbullying case, was cleared of felony computer-hacking charges by a jury Wednesday morning, but convicted of three misdemeanors. The jury deadlocked on a remaining felony charge of conspiracy.
It's not entirely clear how the jury could have found Drew guilty on the misdemeanor charges and not the felony charges. The felony counts required the government to show that Drew gained unauthorized access to MySpace's servers to obtain information "to further tortious acts," namely inflicting emotional distress on Megan Meier. Indictment ¶ 18. I'm not 100% sure on the details, but it sounds like the misdemeanor charges required only unauthorized access for purposes of gathering information about Megan (i.e., not in order to "further tortious acts"). One would have thought that proving "unauthorized access" was the hard part of the government's case, not showing that Drew and her gang intended to inflict emotional distress on Megan (which seems pretty obvious).
The Wired/Threat Level post has links to all of Kim Zetter's fantastic coverage of the trial.