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Ex-Rutgers student convicted of hate crime, invasion of privacy in webcam spying case

12:28 pm - 03/16/2012

By By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life was convicted of all counts Friday in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide by throwing himself off a bridge.

Dharun Ravi, 20, shook his head slightly after the guilty verdicts were read for all 15 counts, including bias intimidation – a hate crime that was based on the victim's sexual orientation – and invasion of privacy.

He could get years in prison – and could be deported to his native India, even though he has lived legally in the U.S. since he was a little boy – for his part in an act that cast a spotlight on teen suicide and anti-gay bullying and illustrated the Internet's potential for tormenting others.

Prosecutors said that Ravi set up a webcam in his dorm room in September 2010 and captured his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another man, then tweeted about it and excitedly tried to catch Clementi in the act again two days later. About a half-dozen students were believed to have seen the live video of the kissing.


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jettakd 16th-Mar-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
The deportation would set a really horrible precedent. I am very glad to here about his potential jail time though.
itsirtou 16th-Mar-2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
The deportation part isn't that surprising, although I don't necessarily agree with it. I'm guessing this falls under INA 237(a)(2)(A)(ii). Under that part of the statute, he can get deported for two or more crimes involving moral turpitude, since you can get deported any time after your admission if you do so. (Not sure on that, since this seems to arise out of the same scheme of misconduct.) Either that, or an aggravated felony and he can be deported under 237(a)(2)(A)(iii), but I don't know the sentence length.

From what I can tell, it has to be one of those two statutes; the others don't really apply.

Either way, unfortunately, this happens a lot -- deportation on the basis of convictions of crimes. The INA has a whole bunch of ways to get deported.

EDIT: Oop, I meant to leave this as a general comment to the entry, not as a comment to you.

Edited at 2012-03-16 06:16 pm (UTC)
jettakd 16th-Mar-2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
LOL that's okay. Thanks for the info anyway!
bestdaywelived 16th-Mar-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Honestly, it wouldn't be precedent. People are constantly deported for minor crimes and charges, they just aren't as wealthy or well-connected as Ravi.
mirhanda 18th-Mar-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's not a new thing though, so it can't be a precedent. Convicted felons who are not citizens are deported all the time.
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