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Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days in jail, probation in Rutgers’ suicide case

Prosecutors, seeking longer sentence, say they will appeal
Monday, May 21, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A New Jersey Superior Court judge has sentenced former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi to 30 days in prison and three years probation for spying on his gay roommate who later committed suicide.

Ravi was convicted earlier this year on charges of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, tampering of evidence, and bias intimidation, actions that prosecutors said led to the suicide of his college roommate, Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death in September 2010.

Dharun Ravi

Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Ravi to 30 days in the Middlesex County Adult Detention facility, three years probation including a requirement the Ravi complete 300 hours of community service, and attend a counseling program relative to cyber-bullying and alternate lifestyles.

Ravi was also ordered to pay $10,000 to the probation department, the monies to be allotted to a program dedicated to victims of bias-motivated crimes.

As Berman sentenced Ravi, he was purposeful to note that he has never heard Ravi apologize for his actions that contributed to Clementi’s suicide.

“I heard this jury say guilty 288 times: 24 questions, 12 jurors, that’s the multiplication,” Berman said. “And I haven’t heard you apologize once.”

Berman also said he will recommend that Ravi not be deported.

“This individual was not convicted of a hate crime, he was convicted of a bias crime,” Berman said, adding that Ravi’s crimes were committed out of “colossal insensitivity.”

“Down the road you can expunge this judgement,” Berman said. “You cannot expunge the conduct or the pain you caused.”

However, he said that the sentence was necessary to deter others, “even if it isn’t a deterrent to you.”

The India-born Ravi received only a fraction of the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The guilty charges could also have resulted in Ravi, who is in the U.S. on a student visa, being deported.

Clementi, 18, jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge on Sept. 22, 2010 after Ravi placed a camera in their dorm room three days earlier and streamed images onto the internet of Clementi’s intimate same-sex encounter, and used Twitter to encourage fellow students to watch.

Ravi, now 20, was also accused of setting up his webcam to try to capture Tyler in a second liaison two days later.

Tyler Clementi

The Clementi family, addressing Ravi in their victim impact statements,
highlighted Ravi’s apparent lack of remorse about the incidents which caused them loss of the son and
brother.

“He was very vulnerable and he was shaken by the cold criminal actions of
his roommate,” said Tyler’s father,
Joseph Clementi, choking on the words as he read his statement in the court.
“We are seeking justice and accountability, not revenge,” adding that he felt Ravi has shown a “lack of any
real remorse.”

James Clementi, Tyler’s brother, said Ravi has never shown any remorse or apologized to the family, and he has found himself wondering if Ravi is “even capable of empathizing with another person.”

“I ask only for fairness and justice,” James Clementi said. He added that it was apparent that Ravi decided Tyler was “someone who deserved to be laughed at, picked on and violated.”

“Tyler’s final days and hours were filled with fear, shame and a despair so great it ripped him away from me forever,” said James Clementi.

Tyler’s mother, Jane Clementi, called Ravi’s actions “malicious and evil.”

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

She asked why no one else in the dorm spoke up for Tyler. “How could they all go along with such meanness?” she asked. “No one spoke up to the mastermind, the computer genius,” she said adding that Ravi’s actions were “mean-spirited, they are evil and most important they are against the law.”

Richard Pompelio, the lawyer for M.B. — the man who was caught on the web camera in the romantic encounter with Tyler Clementi — read from a written statement from his client, who stated, “While I bear no anger towards Mr. Ravi, after much thought and many sleepless nights, I must say that Mr. Ravi should serve some type of confinement so that he can reflect on the serious harm he has caused … I do not believe that he has taken responsibility for his conduct, and to this day he seems to blame me for the actions he took.”

New Jersey’s Garden State Equality issued this statement following sentencing:

“We have been public in taking a position of balance: We opposed throwing the book at Dharun Ravi. We have spoken out against giving him the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and against deporting him. That would have been vengeance beyond punishment and beyond sending a message to the rest of society.

“But we have similarly rejected the other extreme that Ravi should have gotten no jail time at all, and today’s sentencing is closer to that extreme than the other. This was not merely a childhood prank gone awry. This was not a crime without bias.”

Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, complained that Ravi’s term was shorter than the 90-day sentence mandated for a three-time shoplifter.

Berman stayed the sentence at the request of Prosecutor Julia McClure, who said that the state will appeal, as prosecutors had asked for a more significant sentence to be levied against Ravi.

Defense lawyers also indicated that they would appeal as well.

Ravi, who never testified in his own defense, refused to respond to repeated questions shouted from the crowd by reporters and spectators.

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93 more reader comments:

  1. unbelievable this guy only got 30 days

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:17pm
  2. Really? Such unjust bullshit.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:18pm
  3. he deserves longer

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:18pm
  4. That’s it? 30 days?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:18pm
  5. This makes me so mad. Only 30 days! REALLY!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:18pm
  6. deport him as well

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:18pm
  7. Boy, they really threw the book at him, didn’t they??? Disgusting!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:19pm
  8. The whole problem with this is that the jury was informed by the judge right from the beginning that the victim’s suicide was NOT to be considered in any way shape or manner in this case!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:19pm
  9. Basically a slap on the wrist.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:20pm
  10. Thats what I call semi-justice..damn shame he only got 30 short days..smh

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:20pm
  11. deport the bastard.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:20pm
  12. un real ….30 days……I have no words….

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:20pm
  13. Smh.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:22pm
  14. we outraged g-d will get him

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:22pm
  15. There’s a shock…

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:22pm
  16. what? huh? 30 days? that it? Hell No!! Damn Fool Homophobia Peoples!!! 30 Days?!?!??? oh god, god help us. ugh!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:22pm
  17. As a former cop, I think 30-days is WAY to lenient, but at least this man has a criminal record that will follow him around forever.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:23pm
  18. makes me physically sick. A boy is dead and this is not justice!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:23pm
  19. 30 days….wow….

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:23pm
  20. I think it’s a terrible sentence! Should have been at least 5 years for hate crime.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:24pm
  21. This is just totally wrong….. what a slap on the wrist !!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:24pm
  22. Maybe he should be bullied for 30 straight days by the GLBT community once he serves his meager sentence. I don’t know what is worse his actions or that of the legal system.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:25pm
  23. pisses me off he shoulda got longer

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:25pm
  24. ?!! Per James Robinson-this judgement came directly from the judge’s instructions, thus it was a miscarriage if justice by design. Shameful!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:26pm
  25. 30n days is too meager for his bullying. How about life since his actions resulted in the death of another human being.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:26pm
  26. unbelievable and simply horrible to lose such a young life and he can’t even show remorse or empathy

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:27pm
  27. we talked about this in class today and even the guys in class who dont like gay people agreed that he deserves a long sentence. what he did was not right. . why cant the world just accept that this is who people are and stop toying with everyone?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:28pm
  28. i am so upset this is rediculous

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:28pm
  29. “Vengance is mine,” said the Lord.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:28pm
  30. 30 days …. Omg you have to be kidding …. Unbeliveable!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:29pm
  31. He gets 30 days for a human life, Vick gets 365 days for dogs lives….is there any value for human life in this coutry any more?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:30pm
  32. not enough punishment for causing some ones death, and clearly he has shown no remorse, should have been deported!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:35pm
  33. DISGRACEFUL! I hope he gets brutally raped every single one of those 30 days in jail. I can’t believe I said that, but I actually mean it. How dare the court hold Tyler Clementi’s life in such low regard?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:43pm
  34. 30 DAYS??? This whole things has been going for how long now and he only gets 30 days? the trial was longer then that. Only in America.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:45pm
  35. At least the prosecutor had a asked for a stay to pursue a longer sentence. At least one person in legal system has a brain.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:45pm
  36. I can’t believe it – only 30 days?! He should definitely be in there longer than 30 days.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:48pm
  37. A ridiculous slap in the face!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:51pm
  38. I am stuck that we live in society that someone feels so shattered that his sexual orientation will be exposed… how sad

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:53pm
  39. yeah 30 days is ridiculous but please for some of you gys to say he should be raped, bullied, killed etc..is too much. You can’t fight hate w. hate. He should have gotten more but hopefully by him seeing that he got spared, he will see the light and learn from his choices. Maybe some day he can find peace . :/

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:54pm
  40. That is some bull-motherfucking-shit. He was directly responsible for someone’s death. That’s at least manslaughter. And it’s too bad he wasn’t deported (after serving his sentence, of course).

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:56pm
  41. Ever hear of a slap on the wrist…..well this is a tap on the wrist some justice system we have anymore

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 12:58pm
  42. that is bad ….

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:04pm
  43. Are you kidding me? This guy should have gotten life in prison!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:10pm
  44. what a shame just 30 days for a life of someone brilliant!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:18pm
  45. get rid of the judge

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:19pm
  46. I know my opinion won’t be popular here, but while I think 30 days is way too light those of you calling for life sentences are just out for blood. No amount of punishment will bring the young student whose life was lost in this unfortunate incident back and at the end of the day the student took his own life, all this man did was harass him and expose his secret life. Should he have gotten more than 30 days for what he did do? Yes. Do I feel he is directly responsible for his roommate’s death? I can’t say that I do, he had no way of knowing (or even reasonably believing) that his roommate would take his own life simply for being outed.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:21pm
  47. I have no words for how awful this sentencing is. 30 days in jail is far, far, far too little time to serve justice to Dharun Ravi for what he did to Tyler Clementi. In the words of the judge: “I heard this jury say guilty 288 times: 24 questions, 12 jurors…And I haven’t heard you apologize once…You cannot expunge the conduct or the pain you caused.”

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:28pm
  48. 30 days?! Wtf? That not justice.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:28pm
  49. Wrong just wrong

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:32pm
  50. All the court time put in

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:33pm
  51. After his jail time they should deport him. They are being way to easy on this person

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:35pm
  52. fuck that piece of shit

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:36pm
  53. Christ, it seems like the lot of you are foaming at the mouth from this and I honestly can’t see why. I’ve seen and watched many a story on this poor kid’s death and, based on interviews, I just can’t see Ravi holding a prejuidice. I’m not saying he was in the right here, not at all, I’m just trying to say that he almost certainly didn’t do this on purpose. He was a stupid kid who did a stupid thing to his roommate which ended in tragedy. Please stop treating him like the worst thing ever, especially when there are people doing far worse things to LGTB people and getting off scott-free.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:45pm
  54. There is no question that what he did was wrong on many levels. However Tyler was failed by many people on many levels, as are most bullied teens. Tyler took his own life. Ultimately he is the only one responsible for his death. His faith, his family, his “friends” and many others influenced his decision to be sure, but Ravi was not solely responsible for his death. We can’t possibly know what exactly drives people to suicide, we can only speculate. To hold this young man responsible for Tyler’s death would be ruining so many lives, and for what? So everyone can wipe their hands of responsibility by pointing the finger at Ravi? People need to look at themselves and recognize the various ways we all knowingly and unconsciously contribute to bullying. Just my 2 cents.

    And the wishes for the death and rape of this boy are completely inappropriate and uncalled for. A great example of the hate and bullying you claim to be against. Shame on you.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:57pm
  55. This is sad…Once again a hate crime is ignored. Shame on them..

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 2:03pm
  56. Not long enough. That bastard.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 2:28pm
  57. Oh wow. I guess justice is served, right? Fuck the system.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 2:36pm
  58. Little turd will not enjoy jail!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 3:45pm
  59. This is a fucking joke. He should be deported after serving the ten years, he should have gotten. Homophobia sound familiar? The remorseless little ass got away with a hate crime and causing an unnecessary death.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 3:49pm
  60. Thats all he got?????? B.S. He is just as guilty as if he pushed that kid off the bridge himself. He SHOULD be deported. Obviously missed the fact that America stands for freedom…if he cant abide by that then he has no reason to be here.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:05pm
  61. The young man wasn’t even remorseful. He knew what he was doing and that it was a hateful and cruel action. Our judicial system has failed us once again,

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 4:06pm
  62. 30 days for assitance in suicide my my what is our judicial system coming to…Was this trial by his perverted peers?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 5:55pm
  63. Really?!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:22pm
  64. This is insulting.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:22pm
  65. Need a petition to put pressure on the prosecutor to appeal the sentence. This creep needs to send time in prison.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:12pm
  66. what a piece of work

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:00pm
  67. OUT IN 30 DAYS!!!!!!!!unrealistic sentence for this!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:22pm
  68. Got off easy, little twerp!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:25pm
  69. his sentence was such bs!!! How do we expect haters to learn if jusges dont give them the max?

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:25pm
  70. SOOOOO WRONG!!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:25pm
  71. i hope someone bangs him in prison and posts it online…

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:26pm
  72. shouldn’t be 30 days, should be more like 10 years or something >:(

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:26pm
  73. Disgrace….

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:42pm
  74. Wow.. So post a video of a gay kid up to humiliate him, he kills himself and you get 30 days… Nice legal system..

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:54pm
  75. Wow should have been years

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:55pm
  76. wrong on so many levels..

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:56pm
  77. hope he gets raped in prison

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:57pm
  78. wtf

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:05pm
  79. not acceptable for 30 days jail

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:07pm
  80. WOW!!!!! Seriously disgusting!!! He’ll get his…they have 30 days to of free will for this loser!!! Our justice system…oh wait…what justice system!! Sad sad sad!!!!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:22pm
  81. He will get what ia coming to him of we are lucky some one might fuxk him during his sentence

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:43pm
  82. I do not wish him (or anyone) violence…but he will be stuck with the nightmares that his guilt will create. A lifetime sentence.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:55pm
  83. A BS sentence, no deportation and still probably receiving scholarship money to continue on with his education. Great deterrent.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 11:05pm
  84. That sentence is to damn light.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1:59am
  85. Outrageous and disgraceful. The courts should be ashamed. One can post a video online, humiliate another person enough to drive him to suicide and he gets 30 days? He should sit in prison for years and then be deported back to his country. I hope Tyler’s death haunts him for the rest of his life. He has blood on his hands!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:56am
  86. The sentence is a joke for a class 2 felony. The judge wanted to send a message… ‘I’m not in support of gays having equal protection under the law’. Well, message received. Like we didn’t know he would hand down this bogus ruling? Seriously…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:01am
  87. This idiot has NOT REMORSE and his “sentence” (and his judge) is a joke. Should have been given the maximum of 10 yrs in prison AND DEPORTATION. Who wants to encourage this fool to remain in our country? Insulting.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 5:53am
  88. Travesty of justice.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:26am
  89. Those of you calling for this guy’s rape should be ashamed. To be sure, he did something really stupid and that behavior caused incredible. But to wish him death or rape is vitriolic, and is tantamount to the hate you claim motivated this guy’s behavior.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 6:39am
  90. that’s a slap on the wrist for a serious crime, my heart goes out to the family of the victim

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:02am
  91. Personally, I think the family should sue. In this instance it makes sense.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:24am
  92. Prooving intent possible?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:27am
  93. I just do not understand…•_•

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:21am