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Tyler Clementi’s Roommate Earns 15 Indictments

Jim Burroway

April 20th, 2011

A New Jersey prosecutor’s office announced today that a 15-count indictment has been handed down against Dharun Ravi, the Rutger’s university roommate of Tyler Clementi, who secretly distributed a live video on the internet of Clementi having an intimate encounter with another man just days before Clementi committed suicide.

The charges against Ravi include two counts each of invasion of privacy and attempted invasion of privacy, two counts of second-degree bias crimes and two counts of third degree bias crimes, three counts each of tampering with evidence and hindering his own apprehension, and a single count of witness tampering.

Another student, Molly Wei, was also charged with invasion of privacy, but her case has not yet been presented to the grand jury. Charges against her are pending and the case remains active.

Tyler Clementi’s suicide garnered nearly immediate national attention. A rash of suicides taking place at that same time became the impetus behind the It Gets Better project and other efforts to implement anti-bullying programs in schools around the country. The It Gets Better project, in which ordinary people are encouraged to upload videos reaching out to LGBT youth to encourage them to hang in there because “it gets better,”  has announced a new hardcover book by project co-founders Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller. The book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, collects essays  from celebrities, ordinary people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as additional contributors who have not posted videos to the site. Kindle and audiobook editions are also available.

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enough already
April 20th, 2011 | LINK

Throw the book at him. He, together with that hateful woman are just as responsible as if they’d held his coat while he jumped.

Let those who oppose us try to defend their actions. Protest in the street. The signs would be interesting, to say the least: Stoning was so OT, now we just shove them off bridges.

Seriously, if the prosecutor needed a prosecution fund, I’d paypal a few K.

Lindoro Almaviva
April 20th, 2011 | LINK

I don’tknow. I think they do deserve to see repercussions for their actions, but I am having a hard time seeing how the prosecution is going to show malicious intent; stupidity, absolutely, in spades, but malicious intent? Not so sure about that.

Andrew
April 21st, 2011 | LINK

Ream the idiot out in court, and then suspend the sentence pending several thousand hours of community service mopping the floors in youth shelters, suicide hotline centers, and groups intended to assist gay youth.

he’s young and stupid. and obviously sheltered.

enough already
April 21st, 2011 | LINK

Lindoro Almaviva,
At court and on the high seas, on is in the hands of an unjust god is an old saying.
Still, I’d venture to guess that if they had “only” done this once, repented (like these hateful monsters would care) and TC had still killed himself, the court would have looked at the matter differently than it will in light of the fact that they did this repeatedly.

If I back into my neighbor’s car accidentally while parking just once, it’s a moving violation. If I do it more than once, and rev. my engine than slam it into reverse, it’s intentional criminal mischief. Who knows what the Americans use for law, especially when sub-humans without civil rights are concerned – still, these pigs can’t plead “whoops” it was just a one-time accident.
Pity public whippings are out this century. Not to mention walking the plank. I’d gladly hold it steady, goodness, I even know a good bridge for them to walk it on.

Everett
April 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Does anyone have a web link to the actual 15 count grand jury indictment?

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