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June 19, 2012

Student who spied on, outed gay roommate released from jail early

  • 20 days served out of Dharun Ravi’s 30-day jail sentence source

» The AP also reports that federal authorities no longer plan to attempt to deport Ravi to Pakistan, where he is currently a citizen. LGBT groups have decried the move, including Garden State Equality Chairman Steven Goldstein who called the release “practically a Monopoly game’s ‘get out of jail free’ card — a travesty of justice.”

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15:36 // 2 years ago
May 21, 2012
15:27 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
Ex-Rutgers student convicted in Tyler Clementi case apologizes for actions: “I’m very sorry about Tyler,” Dharun Ravi said about his former roommate, who committed suicide in 2010. Ravi says he “didn’t act out of hate, and I wasn’t uncomfortable with Tyler being gay,” but that he didn’t consider the effect his actions would have. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Ex-Rutgers student convicted in Tyler Clementi case apologizes for actions: “I’m very sorry about Tyler,” Dharun Ravi said about his former roommate, who committed suicide in 2010. Ravi says he “didn’t act out of hate, and I wasn’t uncomfortable with Tyler being gay,” but that he didn’t consider the effect his actions would have. source

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10:41 // 2 years ago
February 24, 2012
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May 23, 2011

Dharun Ravi pleads not guilty in charges from Tyler Clementi’s suicide

  • then Rutgers student Tyler Clementi leapt off a bridge last year, killing himself at the realization that his roommate, Dharun Ravi, had secretly recorded him having sex with a man and uploaded it to the internet. His death originated much public attention to the issue of youths bullied for their sexual orientations.
  • now Dharun Ravi, 19, has pled not guilty to a court in Middlesex, New Jersey. He’s facing down 15 different charges, including invasion of privacy and evidence tampering, and if convicted could serve ten years in prison. The other student involved in the case, Molly Wei, will avoid jail time by testifying against Ravi. source

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13:32 // 3 years ago
May 6, 2011

Accessory in Tyler Clementi suicide case accepts plea deal

An accessory to Tyler Clementi’s bullying scores a deal: While not completely in the clear, Molly Wei avoided jail time in the webcam bullying incident that officials believe led to Clementi’s suicide. The incident, which we’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, involved Clementi’s Rutgers roommate, Dharun Rhavi, reportedly streaming from a webcam in their room while Clementi was making out with his boyfriend. Rhavi watched from Wei’s room. Not long after Clementi found out about the spying, he jumped off the George Washington Bridge, causing a huge outcry against bullying. As part of Wei’s plea deal, she’ll testify against Rhavi (who faces hate crime charges), serve 300 hours of community service, and take classes on cyberbullying and tolerance. Clementi’s family accepted the deal, saying that ”Wei’s actions, although unlawful, were substantially different in their nature.” Wei’s lawyer, whole accepting the deal, says his client denies being a bully. Either way, we hope soon for the closure of this difficult case.  source

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14:22 // 3 years ago
April 20, 2011
The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate. If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our criminal justice system to establish clear accountability under the law.
A statement from the family of Tyler Clementi • Regarding the charges against the Rutgers student’s former roommate, Dharun Ravi, whose decision to record Clementi on a webcam while with his boyfriend reportedly led to Clementi’s suicide. Ravi is being charged with 15 counts, and the case is being treated like a hate crime, which is a fascinating legal decision that could have long-term ramifications for the way cases like these are treated. By the way, Ravi’s friend Molly Wei, whose room Ravi watched the webcam video from, hasn’t been charged with Ravi, but her case remains open. source (viafollow)
21:39 // 3 years ago
March 1, 2011
Maybe the outcome would have been different if he had been able to choose his own roommate. At least now there’s an option.
Rutgers University Student Assembly President Yousef Saleh • Discussing the university’s plan to offer gender-neutral housing to students in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after an incident in which his roommate taped him having sex with another man, then posted it online. Clementi’s tragic death may have pushed the decision over the edge, but Rutgers isn’t alone – schools all over the country have been creating options like this for students. And student body officials at Rutgers say they’ve been pushing for this option for students for a number of years. Well, here it is. Smart move, Rutgers. source (viafollow)
20:54 // 3 years ago
December 22, 2010

Tyler Clementi’s parents may sue Rutgers over webcam incident

  • cause As we’re sure you remember, Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, an accomplished violinist, dramatically committed suicide after his douchey roommate used a webcam to record him having sex with his boyfriend.
  • reaction Both the douchey roommate and his friend have been charged with invasion of privacy and have left the university, and now Clementi’s parents are considering suing Rutgers, which denies any wrongdoing in the incident. source
22:42 // 3 years ago
September 30, 2010
People have commented on his profile with things like ‘how did you manage to go back in there? are you okay?’ and the fact that people he was with saw my making out with a guy as the scandal, whereas I mean come on… he was SPYING ON ME…do they see nothing wrong with this?
A quote reportedly from Rutgers student Tyler Clementi • Posted on an online forum not long before he committed suicide. The quote was from Cit2mo, and he described a situation very much like the one that Clementi suffered. While there’s no independent confirmation, the situation matches Clementi’s almost exactly. According to a friend of Clementi’s roommate Dharun Ravi, it was merely in good fun. ”He’s very, very open-minded,” Michael Zhuang said, “and he, like if it had been a girl in the room it wouldn’t have been any different.” Tell that to Tyler. He seemed not to appreciate the gesture. source
11:18 // 3 years ago