Earlier today a New Jersey judge sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail for spying and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi, who killed himself in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Clementi’s suicide came shortly after he found out Ravi spied on him using a webcam while he was intimate with a man in their dorm room. Ravi also faces three years probation, community service to assist victims of bias crimes, and he must pay $11,000 in restitution.
Reaction to Judge Glenn Berman's ruling has been varied with some calling for a harsher punishment, and others praising the decision. Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey has a different take on the case – he's speaking out against jail time for Ravi.
McGreevey, who resigned as governor in 2004 after announcing he’s “a gay American,” wrote in an op-ed article in The Star-Ledger, "The gay community, which has suffered for so long at the hands of the law, has historically been a strong voice for decency, compassion and civil rights. And perhaps the long trail of gay history inevitably leads to this call for punishment, but it need not."
Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty on charges involving him spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi, who later killed himself. Anderson Cooper speaks with two of the jurors about their take on the case.
In this video, Tyler Clementi's parents talk to CNN's Jason Carroll about the struggle to understand their son's suicide. Dharun Ravi, Clementi's former roommate at Rutgers University, has turned down a plea deal and will instead go to trial in February. Ravi faces a 15-count indictment involving hate crime charges for allegedly using a web cam to stream video of Clementi"s sexual encounter with another man. Clementi later jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey.
Watch the full interview tonight on AC360° at 8 p.m. ET.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was created in his memory by his family. Their mission is "To raise awareness of the issues surrounding and support organizations concerned with suicide prevention, acceptance of LGBT teens, and education against internet cyber bullying." You can learn more on the foundation's website.
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