Monday, May 21, 2012

Rutgers Spying Defendant Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Term

Zena Barakat/The New York Times
Dharun Ravi arriving for his sentencing on Monday.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge here sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail Monday for using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate having sex with a man, in a case that galvanized concern about suicide among gay teenagers but also prompted debate about the use of laws against hate crimes.

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The case drew wide attention because his roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, a few days after learning of the spying. A jury convicted Mr. Ravi in March of all 15 counts against him, which included invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. The relatively light sentence — he faced up to 10 years in prison — surprised many who were watching the hearing, as it came after the judge spent several minutes criticizing Mr. Ravi’s behavior.
“You lied to your roommate who placed his trust in you without any conditions, and you violated it,” said the judge, Glenn Berman of State Superior Court. “I haven’t heard you apologize once.”
In addition to jail, Judge Berman sentenced Mr. Ravi to three years’ probation, 300 hours of community service, counseling about cyberbullying and alternate lifestyles and a $10,000 probation fee, to be used to help victims of bias crimes


Gary Kelly said...

"I haven't heard you apologize once," said the judge. Makes you wonder if Ravi gives a toss. Maybe 30 days in the slammer and 300 hours of community service might help to change his mind.

Meanwhile, all the publicity this case has attracted will hopefully deter others who may be tempted to commit a bias crime.

Stew said...

Young Gary makes a good point.
We can never let these things go without recourse.
For if we do, others will surely follow their lead.

In addition, I'd look to the parents who raised him to be that way toward others.

J said...

In the absence of acknowledgement of guilt I would have given him a minimum of 90 days to serve, and he should be deported thereafter He acts as if he were the victim.

JustinO'Shea said...

OK. . .J, I've wondered how you'd have handled this. . .YESSSSS to deportation! Same day he gets out of prison. "Just go! We don't need you here!"
And therapy for the mother! She's a wreck.