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

12:28 pm - 03/16/2012
[TW FOR SUICIDE AND HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING]

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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13chapters 16th-Mar-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Well, sure. The story was that the Australian guy had always had a work visa to live in the US, but he lost his job and without employment he was going to be deported - despite the fact that he was married to a US citizen under California state law. They live in San Francisco and I think Nancy Pelosi stepped in and got them some kind of reprieve, because it was super fucked up. Hopefully with DOMA being struck down by the courts stuff like this won't happen anymore.

Anyway, the truth is I don't know if Ravi wouldn't be subject to deportation if he weren't a POC, but I think it draws away from the bigger story of fucked up deportations of people who have legitimate and long-lasting ties to the US. Immigration in this country is so inhumane.

eta: although idk in retrospect maybe I'm talking out my ass re: POCs being deported. Once again I second-guess my opinions because I usually like to do lots of research on something before I form an opinion and in this case I didn't do it.

Edited at 2012-03-16 05:54 pm (UTC)
terribilita 17th-Mar-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
re: your eta, yeah, you kind of are. It sounds like you think that race/nationality doesn't matter when it comes to deportation, which is a ridiculous notion (and I say this without any hard facts since, you know, race factors in everything) and I personally think it's offensive for you to bring up an example of a white person in this (ala "but it happens to white people too!").
13chapters 17th-Mar-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, in retrospect, it was a really stupid and offensive thing to say...that whole topic started kind of early for me and I wasn't thinking clearly. As I woke up more, the ridiculousness of my point at the beginning kicked in, hence the eta.

*facepalm*

I apologize.
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