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Breaking: Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days jail time in Tyler Clementi’s death for bias crime, other charges


By Scottie Thomaston

Dharun Ravi was convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy and his sentencing was held today. The judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail:

Judge Berman was not moved. He says that he’s never heard Ravi say that he was sorry. He said that while Ravi might expunge the record from the trial, “you cannot expunge the conduct and the pain you caused.”

Berman says that he will recommend that Ravi is not deported. He said that was because of M.B.’s request in his letter to the judge.

When weighing up aggravating factors, “This individual was not convicted of a hate crime, he was convicted of a bias crime, and there’s a difference.”

And then he gave his sentence: a 30 day jail term. Ravi’s been sentenced to 30 days in jail. “Allowing you to simply return home with no custodial sentence… would deprecate the integrity of the verdict.”

He had been at risk of deportation:

A sentence of more than a year would also increase the likelihood that federal immigration authorities will try to deport Ravi to India, where he was born and remains a citizen, though he has lived most of his life in New Jersey.

Some gay advocates had asked for a more lenient sentence:

As a result, some gay advocates are calling on the court to give Ravi probation instead of prison time.

Ravi could have faced up to ten years in prison.
Among them is Aaron Hicklin, editor of Out magazine, who said in an article that Ravi was being made a scapegoat for Clementi’s suicide.

Another, E.J. Graff, who writes about gay and lesbian issues, said in her column in The American Prospect, “I fear that Ravi is an easy scapegoat for a complicated problem.”

There will be an appeal.

UPDATE 1: Garden State Equality weighs in:

Those who have oppose giving Dharun Ravi jail time have asked, hasn’t he suffered enough? But we believe there’s another question: Has Dharun Ravi done enough? Has he done enough to use his place in history to speak out against student bullying and to make a positive impact on millions of lives across our state and nation?

Thus far, no.

Full statement here.

UPDATE 2: Here is a full list of the charges Ravi was convicted of.

UPDATE 3: Joe My God has more:

The probation period is three years and includes 300 hours of community service. Ravi has also been fined $11,950 which is to be paid in monthly installments. Ravi will not be deported.


  • 1. Richard Lyon  |  May 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

    That is an inadequate sentence.

  • 2. Carpool Cookie  |  May 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I thought he would get 1 or 2 years….because he also lied to investigators, tried to change a witnesses testimony, and tampered with evidence.

    If Mr. Ravi's side is appealing this light sentence, that's unbelievable.

  • 3. BradK  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Ravi's side (including his parents and defense team) still maintain that he did nothing wrong. No apologies, no remorse.

    His lawyer is calling the entire case "contrived", while at the same time abdicating any responsibility, “His youth and immaturity were unable to provide him with the tools necessary to appreciate the consequences of his actions”.

    Translation: my client didn't do anything wrong but was too immature to know better.

  • 4. Jamie  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I think this alone is reason for a harsher sentence.

  • 5. AnonyGrl  |  May 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Then he should not be allowed out of his parent's house until he has learned how people FUNCTION in society.

    Since WHEN has ignorance of the law been a viable defense???

  • 6. Jamie  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Bully another person to death: 30 days in jail and a $11,000 fine.

  • 7. Sharon  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I will go against majority of posts here saying it was not enough. I personally think Ravi has been made a scapegoat. Yes he's done weird things, but had he been gay and spying on his roommate, none of this would have ever come into play. Tyler seemed like he had a lot more issues that ran a lot deeper than killing himself over a stupid prank. People who commit suicide usually think about it for a long time. They don't just get a couple things done to them and say, "oh well, i'm humiliated enough to kill myself". I don't condone was Ravi did, but I don't agree with lynching the kid.

  • 8. MFargo  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I think it's difficult to put oneself into another's shoes. When I was that age, seemingly trivial things now or to others, mortified me. The Judge during his sentencing seemed to grasp the gravity of the actions in the case. Oh, and no one is being "lynched" in this case; he's being held accountable for his actions.

  • 9. Balu  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I have to agree with Sharon here. Ravi was made an example to all bullies – if you have done a bias crime, you will be punished with social ostracize , fine, jail term etc etc. Ravi was on trial for bias intimidation and other counts, was not on trial for murder. I believe what he did was wrong, and his unapologetic attitude is reason to treat him like a jerk. But stop the lynching please.

  • 10. Richard Lyon  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

    That is serious misuse and abuse of the word lynching. Thousands of people have died at the end of a rope. You are showing disrespect for them.

  • 11. Carpool Cookie  |  May 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    "Lynching" ?

    Some people here have a very OFF interpretation of that word.

    Mr. Ravi was formally tried before a jury of his peers and was given several years to mount a defense by several expensive lawyers. He was given a light sentence, and is allowed to appeal it. No one is calling for his death (!)

    How does any of that , or anything anyone has posted here today, bear a resemblance to "lynching" in any way?

  • 12. EricKoszyk  |  May 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    It is absolutely disgusting that you compare a ridiculously light 30 day prison sentencing (for bullying someone so much that they kill themselves and for spying on someone) to lynching.

    Read up on the Ocoee and Rosewood Massacres and get back to us.

    You should also read:

  • 13. chad  |  May 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    lynching means put a noose around someone's neck and kill them. no one is lynching ravi – get a grip!

  • 14. Wendy  |  May 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

    He got 30 days, not 30 years. How is that a lynching? He's completely without remorse. He should get another 30 for appealing his slap on the wrist.

  • 15. AnonyGrl  |  May 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    30 days and a fine, I am sorry to say, won't teach anyone anything. I don't think this kid is being "lynched", I think he is an unapologetic jerk who is getting away with a gross violation of his roommate's privacy, at the very least, and with abuse strong enough to push an already troubled youth over the edge.

    I don't believe he has been shamed enough for what he has done, as he certainly does not appear in any way to be ashamed of himself. If he had been at least apologetic, shown some remorse, anything, then I would be more inclined to be generous and say he has perhaps learned his lesson. As it is, I fear this kid will go out and feel free to do something similar again.

  • 16. Jon  |  May 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I'd say he got off light.

    If the victim had been African American with the same outcome, no way would 30 days served have been even considered.

    Much progress still to be made here.

  • 17. chad  |  May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    a 30 day sentence is a joke and teaches no one anything. you wanna mess w/ someone's life you should get a lot more than 30 days. this judge is a whimp

  • 18. Notworthit  |  May 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    You people are SOOOO dense!

    This man has been convicted of a FELONY… do you know what that means for his LIFETIME?

    How about not being able to vote? How about not being able to own a firearm? How about every time he has to undergo a background check having a a felony show up and being denied a job?

    Yes this man is being LYNCHED! I hope he wins the appeal!

  • 19. Carpool Cookie  |  May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    "How about not being able to own a firearm?

    Mmmmmm….I'm okay with his not owning a gun. And is be able to vote, anyway, seeing as he's not an American citizen?

  • 20. fiona64  |  May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Um, Notworthit? Ravi is not a US citizen. He can't vote anyway, sweetie-pie. And frankly? I'm good with him not being able to own a gun. Idiot.

  • 21. fiona64  |  May 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Dharun Ravi's slap-on-the-wrist sends a clear message that it's okay to bully gay people until they suicide. As Ravi is not a US citizen, I hope he's grateful that he hasn't been deported. I had no sympathy for him, with his mother whining about how he "hardly eats now." Tyler Clementi will never eat again.

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