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Ravi released from custody after serving 20 days in Rutgers’ spying case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days on a 30-day sentence for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who later committed suicide.

In March, Ravi was convicted 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.

New Jersey Star-Ledger

Dharun Ravi (right) with attorney Steve Altman

Last month, a New Jersey Superior Court judge sentenced Ravi to 30 days in prison and three years probation — Ravi could have been sentenced to up to 10 years under the state’s sentencing guidelines.

Ravi was released 10 days early because of “good behavior, in accordance with state regulations,” said Edmond Cicchi, warden of the Middlesex County jail, reported the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

In addition, fFederal authorities will not try to deport Ravi back to India, where he is a citizen, according to a report by Associated Press. Ravi came to the U.S. as a child and is living here legally, but federal authorities can deport foreign citizens convicted of a crime.

“Dharun Ravi’s walk out of jail after only 20 days is practically a Monopoly game’s ‘get out of jail free’ card — a travesty of justice,” said Steven Goldstein, chairman and chief executive of Garden State Equality, in a statement.

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.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office filed an appeal of Rav’s sentence, just days after Judge Glenn Berman delivered it. Ravi’s attorney has also filed an appeal of his client’s convictions.

Both appeals could take upwards of two years before a three-judge panel acts.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Fucked up just doesn’t seem to cut it

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 12:03pm
  2. I agree it is a travesty. 30 days was a ridiculous amount of time to begin with, and to reduce that for “good behaviour” just makes a further mockery of the judicial system.

    Haven’t read whether Ravi is required to perform a realistic amount of community work within an anti-bullying capacity, but think that would be far more beneficial than a simple 20 day stay in prison.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 12:03pm
  3. I’ll jump in before the comments get insane and everyone tries to attack Ravi…Ravi did not get tried in relation to Tyler’s suicide, he got tried for bullying. Also, he is not learning anything sitting in a jail. Let em free and get him in community service!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:15pm
  4. Sad all the way round. Here’s a story from my neck of the woods — of homophobia and violence but also heroism: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/06/good-samaritan-assaulted-after-breaking-fight-tenderloin-fueled-anti-gay-slurs

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:13pm
  5. Honest question… how do you think community service would help?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:47pm
  6. smh

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5:28pm
  7. i’ll second that….smDh

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5:28pm
  8. Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5:28pm
  9. Wow! Nice smile asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5:36pm
  10. If he learns any lesson about bullying it will be in jail. Rehabilitation is a wonderful idea, but has been thoroughly studied and researched and has shown little effect. The biggest obstacle being: one must be receptive to change and considering he did not display remorse in the courtroom for his actions, community services and integrational services are highly improbable to make a genuine impact on him.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 5:42pm
  11. A boy lost his life because this dumbass lets rember that..i hope he suffer for a long time for nightmares

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00pm
  12. What a slime ball.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7:15pm