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Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison For Role In Tyler Clementi's Suicide

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Has justice been served?

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student found guilty of a biased crime for secretly broadcasting gay roommate Tyler Clementi's private gay hookups, a catalyst in Clementi's 2010 suicide, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service, counseling on cyber-bullying and LGBT communities.

In addition, Ravi must pay a $11,950 fine that will be donated to a state-sponsored group "dedicated to assisting victims of biased crimes," which as far as I know is a unique and appropriate addition.

Calling Ravi's actions "colossally insensitive and criminal," Judge Glenn Berman lambasted Ravi for an apparent lack of contrition. "I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times--24 questions, 12 jurors. That's the multiplication. I haven't heard you apologize once."

Though Clementi's parents and friends have been asking for a harsh sentence for the apparent unremorseful Ravi — Clementi's mother called Ravi's actions "evil and malicious" — gay activists have advocated against the maximum 10-year and deportation sentence Ravi faced. Today many of them agreed with Judge Berman's decision.

Steven Goldstein from Garden State Equality remarked:

Those who have oppose giving Dharun Ravi jail time have asked, 'Hasn’t he suffered enough?' But we believe there’s another question:  Has Dharun Ravi done enough? Has he done enough to use his place in history to speak out against student bullying and to make a positive impact on millions of lives across our state and nation?

Thus far, no.

Though Tyler Clementi has left us, the rest of Dharun Ravi’s life will help tell his life story. Ravi’s own lawyer portrayed him as a young man who engaged merely in jerky behavior. Ravi can stay that course, or he can do some good with his life by making amends and fighting for the justice and dignity of every individual, including people who are LGBT. That much is up to Ravi.

Shane Windmeyer from Campus Pride said the case should serve as a reminder that all campus administrators and students have an obligation to work against anything even vaguely resembling discrimination or bigotry.

"Every person has a responsibility to stand up for those who experience bullying and harassment – tragedies can be averted anytime even a single voice speaks out for the voiceless,” he said.

"Bystanders – those who witness bullying or harassment and do nothing to stop it – can plead neither ignorance nor innocence. Active silence can be as damaging as active bullying and result in tragedies like Clementi’s death.”

Dan Savage described the sentencing as "far, far too lenient."

In addition to his immediate punishments, Ravi also faces three years probation. The prosecution, meanwhile, suggested today it may appeal Berman's decision. If they do not appeal, however, Ravi will report to a correctional facility on May 31st.

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  1. "Keep the gays away" -Dharun Ravi

    Posted by: Joe | May 21, 2012 1:29:47 PM


  2. Im sure that Ravi's life is irrevocably changed and that while 30days in prison is a slap on the wrist, he has seriously screwed his life up. This will follow him forever and Im not sure that sending him to prison for ten years would have accomplished anything either.

    Posted by: DrJWL | May 21, 2012 1:31:12 PM


  3. A month (will be less) in jail for bullying someone to death? That's just peachy.

    To those organizations who think they understand better than the Clementi family, I'd like to see their tune when it's one of their children or family members jumping off a bridge for being publicly streamed having sex.

    Posted by: Lucrece | May 21, 2012 1:32:07 PM


  4. What an injustice. The courts are saying it is okay to bully gays until they commit suicide. After all, what good are they?

    Disgusted in California.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | May 21, 2012 1:33:17 PM


  5. I am glad to see that reason has prevailed in the sentencing phase of this case. What Ravi did was wrong, but not deserving of significant incarceration. I hope he will show gratitude to a judge who did not get caught up in the understandable emotion surrounding this case by speaking out against the subtle homophobia that permeates the culture of 20-something heterosexual males. He owes that much to Tyler.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | May 21, 2012 1:36:28 PM


  6. Um, you might want to re-evaulate the reactions of many gay activits. Based on their full statement, Garden State Equality definitely doesn't agree with the sentence as it. Neither does Dan Savage and Shane Windmeyer merely reported the sentence before talking about the need for college campuses to do more. So far no one seems to be happy about the outcome.

    Posted by: KT | May 21, 2012 1:36:38 PM


  7. 30 days?

    So he'll serve a few hours and be released due to overcrowding?

    Posted by: SteveC | May 21, 2012 1:36:52 PM


  8. I'm just stunned. I wonder how much of this was a judge looking for an easy out and how much the influence of those so-called gay groups had. This...it's horrifying. What happened to our justice system?

    Dan Savage and all those other bleeding-heart fags can go rot in a pit!

    Posted by: Robert | May 21, 2012 1:38:14 PM


  9. Well if he would have taken the plea he wouldn't have served any time at all.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 21, 2012 1:38:47 PM


  10. So it begins. Now watch Dan and the rest of the weasels like him try to backtrack.

    What a farce.

    We've always been our own worst enemy, and today is proof of just that.

    No apology from Ravi. Zero remorse.

    I've never been more disgusted to be a gay man than I am today.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 1:38:53 PM


  11. So he goes to jail (not prison) for 9 days longer than it took to try him.

    This, then, is what the State of New Jersey thinks your rights are worth. You have no rights that they are interested in protecting.

    Posted by: Vint | May 21, 2012 1:39:25 PM


  12. I have to say I was initially somewhat sympathetic to the guy, more along the lines of a stupid college kid rather than homophobe. But once the verdict was decided, I could easily see why the jury decided the way they did. And given the verdict, I think 30 days is a travesty. The judge is basically saying these crimes he was convicted of aren't really crimes, which is totally wrong. The the family did nothing to elicit sympathy during this process. Ravi never apologized for what at minimum was a horrifically stupid bullying incident, his father blames gay lobbying groups, and his mother blames the media. The whole family needs to do a lot of soulsearching.

    Posted by: Brian | May 21, 2012 1:39:45 PM


  13. 30 days and a $12k fine amounts to a slap on the wrist for someone who has shown ZERO remorse or acceptance of responsibility, and whose family is loaded.

    And as for the claims that his life is ruined--clearly, it won't be. His family is extremely wealthy. He'll coast by, have daddy find him a job somewhere, and he'll be forgotten in a few years.

    After he serves his sentence he'll probably tweet about it, sign a book deal, do some news interviews. Meanwhile, Clementi's family has to bear a lifetime of grief and pain, all the more so because this a**hole refuses to acknowledge his legally confirmed role in Tyler's suicide.

    Posted by: atomic | May 21, 2012 1:40:03 PM


  14. If it had been the girl next door who'd been filmed and broadcast, we'd be seeing a whole other sort of sentence.

    Posted by: Pink Agendist | May 21, 2012 1:41:41 PM


  15. WTF?

    I have no words to desbribe my anger. Take names on all the Benedict Arnolds demanding leniency.

    This is like getting the conviction right, then giving a twinky-defense sentence anyway. A travesty of justice occurred today, just like it almost always does when bigots prey on a minority.

    Posted by: R | May 21, 2012 1:41:52 PM


  16. I'm conflicted about this. I *do* think he created an atmosphere of ridicule that was instrumental in leading Tyler Clementi to take his own life, but at the same time his specific actions, a few moments of cyber-snooping then gossiping about it, don't necessarily deserve prison time.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 21, 2012 1:42:10 PM


  17. This is what your privacy and your lives are worth, people.

    Get used to it.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 1:42:37 PM


  18. Well seeing as he is not going to be punished adequately, I think that it is only reasonable that Ravi be deported as soon as he's finished his probation.

    He is a convicted criminal and he is a foreign national.

    He should be deported.

    Posted by: SteveC | May 21, 2012 1:42:56 PM


  19. There's so much misunderstanding of what happened and there you are continuing to misinform. There was NO BROADCAST.

    Let's at least discuss the facts, without sloppy reporting and dopey headlines.

    Posted by: Bingo | May 21, 2012 1:43:22 PM


  20. Once again gay people are denied justice. Actions against us are simply not taken seriously. I am glad that Dan Savage thinks this sentence is too lenient. He was reported as being among those urging leniency,

    Posted by: Jay | May 21, 2012 1:44:50 PM


  21. @STEVEC The judge ordered that Ravi not be deported.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | May 21, 2012 1:45:13 PM


  22. It doesn't matter if there was a broadcast or not, you weasel.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 1:45:48 PM


  23. here's hoping pretty little dharun makes some close friends in jail. then we can talk remorse.

    Posted by: bobbodecabo | May 21, 2012 1:45:56 PM


  24. "Dan Savage and all those other bleeding-heart fags can go rot in a pit!" -- Robert

    SING OUT LOUISE!

    Suddenl Dan Savage has a change or heart.

    Or is it a change of underwear?

    The message of this sentencing is clear -- our lives are worth NOTHING

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2012 1:48:59 PM


  25. Does anyone have a number for the New Jersey prosecutor's office? Id like to call and encourage them to appeal this sentence.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 21, 2012 1:50:41 PM


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