updated 11/14/2008 7:31:20 PM ET 2008-11-15T00:31:20

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that evidence of a girl's suicide can be used against a woman charged in an Internet hoax.

Friday's ruling came days before the trial of 49-year-old Lori Drew of O'Fallon, Mo., who has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing computers without authorization.

Prosecutors say Drew harassed her daughter's former friend, Megan Meier, through a false-identity MySpace account.

Meier hanged herself after allegedly receiving messages saying the world would be better off without her.

Drew's lawyer had argued the suicide evidence would distract jurors from the question of whether Drew violated MySpace's terms of service.

Jury selection was set to begin Tuesday.

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