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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. I agree, many of the comments went past the point. When you say we're do you mean same community??
    We will get to a point of respect between both sides, I really believe that. Im not sure agree but understanding. Advances we make will them selves seem like bullying. As marriage becomes more and more it will force change and those on the other side will feel bullied. Time will heal all. It is hard to be at a place of respect when the past, in some respects is still the present. That's my personal challenge, to look past and grow.
    It is hard tho

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 12:18:32 AM


  2. Ravi will probably spend his 30 days in a "Club Fed" prison. Bullying is now being treated as a white-collar crime

    Posted by: mikeflower | May 22, 2012 12:32:46 AM


  3. Wait a second, we're all condeming this dude for invasion of privacy, but how many of y'all have done the exact same thing? How many of you have secretly taken a picture of a guy you thought was hot when he wasn't looking? How many of you have snapped a video of someone making out at a party?

    That is on the exact same level of what Ravi was doing.

    Ravi did not kill Tyler.

    Tyler killed Tyler and to be honest, I highly doubt the situation with Ravi had that much to do with Tyler killing himself.

    The situation between the two of them had been resolved, Tyler said so himself.

    This isn't being an apologist, this is being factual.

    It is a known fact that Clementi's parents were not supportive of Tyler being gay, yet no one is addressing that fact.

    We all know how horrible it can be to have homophobic parents and how damaging that can be to a gay person trying to discover themselves.

    Why is no one question Tyler's relationship with his parents?

    Why is no one questioning why Tyler's parents weren't more supportive?

    Why is everyone calling for Ravi's head when in all likelihood, Tyler's relationship with his parents more than likely had more to do with him commuting suicide than anything else.

    We all know how horrible it is to be bullied at school, but we all know how much worse it can be to have to deal with it at home.

    I'm not saying Ravi isn't guilty, I'm saying that he's guilty of the exact same thing thousands of us do on a regular basis, he just got caught.

    So please, if you're going to call for a lynch mob, just grab some rope for yourself and claim a tree branch for your own right next to him.

    Posted by: Asher St. Claire | May 22, 2012 12:35:06 AM


  4. Justice was not served. Six months would have been a more appropriate sentence.

    Posted by: Tom Stoppard | May 22, 2012 3:37:31 AM


  5. This is outrageous. 30 days! Will he learn the lesson in that time? I don't think so.

    5 years was more like it.

    Posted by: Andreas | May 22, 2012 5:19:53 AM


  6. ASHER ST. CLAIRE - A pic at a party is in now way the same as being spied on in a locked room through a camera you thought was not on, and your attempts to argue that we've all somehow done something even remotely similar is unmitigated BS.

    Tell me we wouldn't be sent to prison for more than 30 days for this :

    COUNT 1
    4th Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to Tyler Clementi: GUILTY
    4th Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to Clementi's guest, M.B.: GUILTY
    (Observed Clementi/M.B. in sexual contact without their consent on Sept. 19)

    COUNT 2
    • Invasion of Privacy, under circumstances that caused Tyler Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, Clementi reasonably believed that he was selected to be the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

    COUNT 3
    3rd Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to Tyler Clementi: GUILTY
    3rd Degree Invasion of Privacy, related to M.B.: GUILTY
    (Activated webcam so other people could view Clementi/M.B. in sexual contact on Sept 19.)
    If Guilty, jury proceeds to count 4; if Not Guilty, jury skips count 4 and proceeds to count 5

    COUNT 4
    • Invasion of Privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Tyler Clementi to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: GUILTY
    • Invasion of Privacy, under circumstances that caused Tyler Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, Clementi reasonably believed that he was selected to be the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

    COUNT 5
    4th Degree Attempted Invasion of Privacy, related to Tyler Clementi: GUILTY
    4th Degree Attempted Invasion of Privacy, related to M.B.: GUILTY
    (Tried to observe Clementi/M.B. in sexual contact without their consent on Sept. 21)
    If Guilty, jury proceeds to count 6; if Not Guilty, jury skips count 6 and proceeds to count 7

    COUNT 6
    3rd Degree Bias Intimidation
    (For 4th Degree Invasion of Privacy charge on Sept. 21)
    • Invasion of Privacy, with the purpose to intimidate Tyler Clementi because of sexual orientation: GUILTY
    • Invasion of Privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Tyler Clementi to be intimated because of sexual orientation: GUILTY
    • Invasion of Privacy, under circumstances that caused Tyler Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, Clementi reasonably believed that he was selected to be the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

    COUNT 7
    3rd Degree Attempted Invasion of Privacy, related to Tyler Clementi: GUILTY
    3rd Degree Attempted Invasion of Privacy, related to M.B.: GUILTY
    (Tried to show Clementi/M.B. in sexual contact to other people on Sept. 21)

    COUNT 8
    2nd Degree Bias Intimidation
    (For 3rd Degree Attempted Invasion of Privacy charge on Sept. 21)
    • Invasion of Privacy, with the purpose to intimidate Tyler Clementi because of sexual orientation: GUILTY
    • Invasion of Privacy, knowing that the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Tyler Clementi to be intimidated because of sexual orientation: GUILTY
    • Invasion of Privacy, under circumstances that caused Tyler Clementi to be intimidated, and considering the manner in which the offense was committed, Clementi reasonably believed that he was selected to be the target of the offense because of sexual orientation: GUILTY

    COUNT 9
    4th Degree Tampering with Physical Evidence: GUILTY
    (Deleted tweets relevant to police investigation)

    COUNT 10
    4th Degree Tampering with Physical Evidence: GUILTY
    (Wrote and posted a false tweet)

    COUNT 11
    3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution: GUILTY
    (Destroyed evidence relevant to investigation)

    COUNT 12
    3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution: GUILTY
    (Prevented a witness from providing testimony)

    COUNT 13
    3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution: GUILTY
    (Lied to police)

    COUNT 14
    3rd Degree Witness Tampering: GUILTY
    (Tried to influence what Molly Wei told police)

    COUNT 15
    4th Degree Tampering with Physical Evidence: GUILTY
    (Deleted text messages sent to and received from witnesses)

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 22, 2012 6:34:29 AM


  7. NV Todd, despite your recounting of the counts, forgetting to wash your hands after you crap can be made to sound like crimes against humanity, in legal jargon. Notice, nothing you listed is 1st degree. It is at most 2nd degree, and more often 3rd and 4th degree, which suggest a whole lot of inference to me. He's a 18 year old kid, yes a kid. He was insensitive and did not show proper empathy for someone else, and yes, he took pictures, cause he's a horny toad. 30 days is appropriate. Calm down. You appear hyper.

    Posted by: Kewl | May 22, 2012 10:11:32 AM


  8. 30 days... what a joke!!!
    And on top of that you have Steven Altman, Mr Ravi’s lawyer, who puts the blame on the gay community for having, according to him, ‘demonised’ Rhavi. Yes, you heard it, the same community who interceded in his favour (several leaders of the gay community did it before the trial), sent letters to the courts (e.g. Rhavi's lover). Seems to me that this scumbag Rhavi found a lawyer who matches him perfectly.

    Posted by: Peter M. | May 22, 2012 10:11:43 AM


  9. George, the past is not the present. There is gradual acceptance and recognition of rights that did not exist previously. Is it a perfect nirvana? No. It will never be. It's friction and constant tension that allows us to move forward. Slow? Yes. But still moving forward. You seem to want me to confirm my orientation. But i don't see why I have to. I'm in the community of human beings who recognizes and relishes in the fact that we're all unique and valuable. And we all have to live in the same society. Ravi was foolish and no doubt has learned the value of thinking before acting. But don't turn him into a martyr. Neither is Clementi. Tragic story. Lessons learned.

    Posted by: Kewl | May 22, 2012 10:22:49 AM


  10. I ment past as in things done and said. I think your orientation does matter because like I said if you're not you don't regardless of how much you care and it seems you do.
    I want him to pay for the privacy issues, I don't personally think he's learned but that's not up to me. The probation and record will hang around his neck and it should like it should for all of us.
    If it was a guy and girl I think he should stil face charges, Not just because he was gay. I think the gay community has a right to respond the way it feels it needs to, but within limits. I think NVTODD is feeling the situation differently they others, his right. 1st 2nd or 10th to him a crime is a crime. The judge felt 30days was right, personally I don't know how I feel. I like that he'll have a record I think that's just. Idk

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 10:49:16 AM


  11. I saw an interview with Ravi on one of the news magazine shows. He is someone I am sure will not change. Deny, deny, deny. He's scary.

    Posted by: rb | May 22, 2012 11:41:45 AM


  12. RB did he admit to the privacy issues?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 11:54:39 AM


  13. I have to admit that my position on punishment was changing more toward leniency - but not to this extreme. My rationale was simply because I wanted to remove him from the cause of Tyler's death. I acknowledge he did contribute, but there was more going on in Tyler's head than just this. If he is deported, he would be a hero in India. US or India, job opportunities for him will be extended by people of his community. Lack of remorse and better than thou attitude is not punishable, it just makes him an ass. I think deportation to one of the rural flyer states would effectively isolate him from opportunity and give him a better dose of bias.

    Posted by: bad PR is still PR | May 22, 2012 1:05:35 PM


  14. BAD: He had other things going on I believe to. He may have gotten more time if they just tried him for privacy violations, evidence and witness tampering.
    But the jury felt more was involved. I think he has a rough road ahead, all of his own doing

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 1:20:26 PM


  15. Only thirty days in jail!--not prison (quite a difference)--to what extent did self-appointed "gay leaders" encourage this parody of a sentence? That any gay person should have in effect "supported" this quintessential bully Ravi is a manifestation of still-clinging self-hatred. Sad, very sad. And shameful

    --John Rechy

    Posted by: John Rechy | May 22, 2012 5:53:56 PM


  16. He is a young man. This whole story make me sad. A person's life is lost and another is ruined. I hate that it had to happen this way.

    Posted by: Tony | May 23, 2012 12:39:38 AM


  17. "KEWL" I don't care what you say about me.

    That you ignore that anybody else charged and convicted on so many counts wouldn't get a mere slap on the wrist like this, just like the stupid fagot media whores that have called for leniency all along, got it, and now are too chickenshit to stand by their words - THAT is ALL I need to point out.

    You obviously can live with it and excuse it.

    But don't tell ME to "clam down", just because I refuse to buy into the kind of corruption and lame excuses you wallow in.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 23, 2012 1:54:51 AM


  18. You people are delusional if you think Ravi's life is somehow ruined by this, and your pity for him and sympathy is disgusting.

    He knew he did something wrong. He destroyed evidence and lied to the police. He intimidated witnesses.

    Pull your heads out of your collective asses, he's a criminal.

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 23, 2012 1:58:00 AM


  19. This mash video says it all http://masher.com/player.jsp?key=aa3fbe71-f0bc-9ad9-6e26-0000c97b69aa&adscheme=0

    Posted by: jim | May 23, 2012 9:59:18 PM


  20. The mash up video link is above.

    Posted by: jim | May 23, 2012 10:00:14 PM


  21. Deport the bastard. America has enough home grown bigots.

    Posted by: ALfred | May 25, 2012 12:31:05 PM


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