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


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. @BOBBODELCABO Your not too subtle suggestion that Dharun will find true remorse through prison rape makes you as despicable as the worst homophobe. Fortunately, he will be serving his time in a county jail, not a state prison and I'm sure he will be held in protective custody. So your sadist wish will not be fulfilled.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | May 21, 2012 1:50:54 PM

  2. Jimsur above: The Judge DID NOT order that Ravi not be deported. He said that he would recommend that he not be deported, but it is not his decision to make. The Immigration and Naturalization Service will decide whether the weasel is deported. I think he should be. He and his family have had every opportunity to apply for American citizenship but chose not to do so. He is a convicted criminal alien. He should be deported.

    Posted by: Jay | May 21, 2012 1:51:13 PM

  3. I don't think this sentence was based on homophobia. I DO think this sentence is based on an unhealthy cultural phenomenon----"boys will be boys". And a lot of people are clearly brainwashed by this phenomenon, that somehow committing NUMEROUS criminal acts are somehow justified if a kid is a teen or younger, that committing a horrific criminal "prank" somehow means less if you're 18, as if at 18 years old you don't know basic right from wrong.

    At the end of the day, the judge felt as if what Dharun did was insensitive but not hateful in nature, hence the light sentence. The reality is, Dharun Ravi has not shown any remorse AT ALL for what he did. Not even an ounce. He and his family are anti-gay, and feel as if they've been targeted by gay activists. Dharun doesn't even think that he's in any way responsible for Tyler's suicide.

    Dharun is homophobic, as well. His tweets, which he subsequently deleted, proved that. This is an outrage and shows how little our culture cares about bullying, how bullying is so permissive in our country. Such a tragedy. With that said, I hope the appeal goes through and this sentence is overturned.

    Posted by: Francis | May 21, 2012 1:52:17 PM

  4. Watch the media whore fags now proceed to obliterate their records on THIS one.

    To everyone that STILL supports Ravi, who has yet to show any remorse, but no doubt will justify their support of him, when, in the future, he gets $$$ for "telling his story", I hate nothing but the utmost contempt and hate for you and the damage you've done, and the damage that's yet to BE done.


    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 1:55:42 PM

  5. I stand corrected Jay, you are right.

    But as for these people attacking "bleeding hear fags", this country needs more so-called bleeding hearts of every stripe. We have 5% of the world's population, but 25% of its prisoners. We send too many people to jail in this country for too many things for too long a period of time. Today's verdict is a blow to this country's sick obsession with incarceration. We need more alternative sentencing to incarceration - not less.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | May 21, 2012 1:55:58 PM

  6. He should be deported.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | May 21, 2012 1:57:17 PM

  7. To those who thought bullying should not be punished too harshly, I hope you all are happy now. Ravi got a slap on the wrist.

    He has never admitted wrongdoing, and has never really apologized. Unrepentant, and arrogant.

    Suddenly saying the sentence is too light does not excuse their previous call for leniency.

    I hope that henceforth, every death of every bullied teen, gay or straight, will weigh heavily on the conscience of those who wanted Ravi to get off lightly. Bullies should be dealt with severely for the damage they do the the human spirit.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | May 21, 2012 1:58:18 PM

  8. No, we DO NOT need more "bleeding hearts", we need justice and a reasonable response.

    Not the perpetual excuses for extremist intellectual left wing corruption that serves us just as badly as extremist right wing intellectual corruption.

    You are just the worst kind of apologist.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 1:58:54 PM

  9. Wow. I wasn't expecting the judge to give the full sentence, but you'd think after his own words of disgust at there being no remorse he would have given him something that would have actually been a punishment....for ANY crime. 30 days, we've seen what that means. You walk in, change clothes, change back and leave.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 21, 2012 1:59:23 PM

  10. And most of the people we have in prison are there because of drugs, not for killing fags, you weasel.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 2:00:01 PM

  11. The spaghetti western vigilante hang 'em high ethos is alive and well (along with complete misinformation on the actual evidence and charges at issue) here at Towleroad. Ravi was not charged with causing any one's death. Indeed the suicide was not even at issue in the trial. But don't let the law and evidence get in the way of queens in high hissy-fit mode. Lying under oath and/or invasion of privacy were the most serious charges and don't merit 10 years when violent muggers don't even get 5.

    Posted by: Contrarian | May 21, 2012 2:03:55 PM

  12. This whole trial seemed to be a waste of time..he has shown no remorse..he's really not getting any jail time at all..what a farce this whole thing was..

    I feel bad for the prosecutor, lots of good work down the drain...and my heart goes out to the Clementis..Ravi I'm sure will be partying tonight while their preparing for another summer without their son...

    Posted by: Tony | May 21, 2012 2:10:58 PM

  13. CONTRARIAN, you're doing the same thing.

    This was about the right to privacy.

    30 days is ridiculous; and so are your "queen hissy-fit" remarks.

    And you're so full it with your bogus "violent muggers" remark. But this type of apologist distraction is what we've come to expect from weasels.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 2:11:11 PM

  14. Open Season has been declared on us.

    Yay justice.

    Posted by: Polyboy | May 21, 2012 2:12:50 PM

  15. I know 30 days doesn't seem like much, and he might not even spend a day in jail. Still, the verdict is HORRIBLE for him as he will have to carry this the rest of his life. Whether he clears his record or not, people can always google and his name will be up about what he did.

    I think the case had some holes, so this is probably the best that could have happened.

    This is also a warning to other kids that there are consequences to your bad actions.

    Imagine, instead of enjoying college, graduating, and thinking about the future ... this young guy was preparing for court and spending lots of $$$ for a stupid "prank" which was really bordering on a HATE crime.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 21, 2012 2:14:41 PM

  16. Well, if the homophobe is deported, then that for me would somewhat make up for this horrific sentencing.

    I mean, I'm basically speechless. 30 days in jail? Will he even spend all 30 days in jail? My heart goes out to Tyler's family. The emotions they must be feeling right now are so painful.

    Posted by: Francis | May 21, 2012 2:14:42 PM

  17. “when I sign my judgement there will be a notation that you not be deported. It’s understood of course that that’s not my final decision”
    Sounds to me like he could still be deported. If he continues with his smug attitude and not taking responsibility, it could happen.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 21, 2012 2:15:40 PM

  18. @NVTODD Ravi was not charged with nor is he responsible for the death of Tyler. He did not "kill fags" as you crudely put it. People are projecting on to this case what they want it to be - not what it is. It would be good to hold up to society an example of what happens to bullies who act out on their hatred of gays. Ravi is just not an example of such an instant.

    And your bloodlust and need to call anyone a weasel who disagrees with you is of low character.

    Posted by: jimsur212 | May 21, 2012 2:19:41 PM

  19. Invading someone's privacy by putting a video camera in the room you know they're going to have intimate relations in is hardly a mere "prank".

    Give me a break, you sick freak exhibitionists.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 2:20:33 PM

  20. This all looks like they are trying to discourage an appeal. A successful appeal would probably overturn the conviction and throw out the hate crime law for language that violates both US constitutional and common law practice (mens rea and the victim's state of mind), not to mention precedent in similar cases.

    As to appealing the sentencing: almost no chance of that happening. That was posturing on the part of the prosecutor's office.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2012 2:20:51 PM

  21. JIMSUR212; I never said anything about Ravi contributing to the death, so save your bogus straw man fallacies for someone that gives a crap for your apologistsics.

    And if the weasel stole fits, wear it.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 2:22:20 PM

  22. I'd still hit that.

    Posted by: Vapid Gay | May 21, 2012 2:23:50 PM

  23. That Ravi is sent to jail for a stupid college prank even for a day is an outrage. Take that, you gay fascist lynch mob. Ernst Röhm would be proud of your bloodthirstiness.

    Posted by: AG | May 21, 2012 2:24:33 PM

  24. @jimsure212- wow... you sure picked up that ball and ran with it, didn't you?

    Posted by: bobbodecabo | May 21, 2012 2:28:45 PM

  25. Hey, if he'd shown the least bit of remorse and apologized maybe people wouldn't be so upset.

    And nazi references are an automatic admission of a lack of intellectual rigor.

    Desiring justice is not bloodthirstiness.

    No reasonable person was calling for his death.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 21, 2012 2:29:34 PM

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