Rutgers Suicide Verdict: Dharun Ravi Gets 30-Day Jail Sentence In Tyler Clementi Case

May 21, 2012  |  

Emotions were high today as 20-year-old former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a New Jersey judge for spying on and videotaping his gay freshman roommate having sex. The case, which broke in 2010, garnered much media attention after Ravi’s victim, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after learning about the hidden webcam. Judge Glenn Berman spoke on Ravi in court saying:

“I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi. He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.”

In March, Ravi was found guilty of a bias crime for his actions, but he was not charged with his roommate’s death. Jane Clementi, the victim’s mother called his actions “evil and malicious.”

“What I want is justice,” she told the courtroom. “The court needs to show … this was not right and it was not acceptable behavior and it will not be tolerated.

“How could they all go along with such meanness?” she asked, as she read a prepared statement, often pausing through tears. “No one spoke up to the mastermind, the computer genius.”

It’s highly unlikely Clementi’s family feels justice was served after hearing Ravi’s sentence. On May 31, he must report to Middlesex Adult Correctional Center for his 30 day jail term. He was also sentenced to three years probation, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service, and attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles. He must also pay a $10,000 assessment to the probation department in increments of $300 per month beginning Aug. 1. The judge recommended that Ravi, who was born in India and is here on a green card, not be deported.

Despite pleas from Clementi’s family that Ravi be forced to serve time in confinement, Berman denied a motion for a new trial in the high-profile case, saying:

“A defendant in a criminal case is not entitled to a perfect trial, he’s entitled to a fair one. I’m convinced without any question [Ravi] got a fair one.”

What do you think about this sentence? Does it match the crime?
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Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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