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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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paulnolan 17th-Mar-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
As for the deportation, I'm saying that I don't agree with the law

Fair enough.

I think it would set a really bad precedent

It's not setting any precedent - see the part where it's standard practice. Complain about it in general sure; complain about it being applied in this instance and it looks like you're bawwwing about the poor little homophobe getting too harsh a punishment, whether that's what you intend or not.

Not all laws are just and fair.

You seriously think I need telling this?
(no subject) - Anonymous
sparkindarkness 18th-Mar-2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Considering you've been through this whole damn comment thread playing the "awww poor little homophobe" game, from saying he's a scapegoat, to strongly implying his actions weren't that bad, to trying to move blame to the parents (not that they're not blameless but you did it in a context which looks very much like defending this homophobe) and are you SURPRISED that GBLT people are antagonistic towards you?
mirhanda 18th-Mar-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
+1 million jillion
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