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Dharun Ravi Gets Away With Murder – Sentenced To Only 30 Days Jail Time For Tyler Clementi Hate Crime

In what has to be one of the biggest miscarriages of justice seen in the past decade.

Dharun Ravi who’s spying on his gay roommate’s date using a webcam and then using social media to spread the word about it and in turn lead  to Tyler Clementi committing suicide days later was sentenced to ONLY  30 days in jail.

In addition Ravi was sentenced to a three-year probation period, 300 hrs. of community service hours, counseling on cyber-bullying  and a 10,000.00 assesment to a N.J. state organization dealing with bias crimes.  But no hard jail time.

In March, Ravi was found guilty of a hate crime for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate Clementi during a sexual liaison with a man identified only as “MB” and announcing what he saw on Twitter.Ravi put out another tweet when he heard Clementi was having a second date with MB.

“I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi,” Judge Glenn Berman told the court during sentencing. “He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity.” and even though Bermanlater said “I heard this jury say, ‘guilty’ 288 times–24 questions, 12 jurors. That’s the multiplication,” Berman said. “I haven’t heard you apologize once.” Berman only sentenced him to 30 days in prison out of the maxium 10 years that the charges carried.

During the trail Tyler Clementi said that Ravidecided his son “wasn’t deserving the respect of basic human decency” and “was below him” because Tyler Clementi was gay.

“He did it in a cold calculating manner and then he tried to cover it up,” the father, who had to pause to compose himself, said.

Clementi’s brother, James, told Judge Glenn Berman, “I watched as Dharun slept through court as if it was not worth” paying attention. “I watched Dharun and his lawyers laugh as if it were a private joke.”

Ravi was also convicted and found guily on counts of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest.

And still Judge Berman only sentenced him to 30 days.

The prosecution, indicated it will appeal the judge’s sentence.  As well they should.

It’s a very sad day, one in which justice was not served.

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Will Kohler

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  1. Thank you. That is exactly what this was: a miscarriage of justice. Unbelievable that a judge who sat through the trial and, as he said, heard 288 “gultys” from the jury and not a singly apology from Ravi could let him off with a slap on the wrist. Gay lives don’t count for much in this country.

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