(Image source: Project Q Atlanta)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

A guilty verdict in the much-watched Rutgers University webcam spying case.


Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate — Dharun Ravi hid a webcam, filmed Clementi’s sexual encounter with another man, and put the video online. (Video from the New Jersey Star-Ledger)

The charges: invasion of privacy and bias intimidation — which is a hate crime.

KPRC: “A jury found Ravi not guilty on some sub-parts of some counts. But guilty on all 15 counts as a whole.”

WABC: “They really didn’t think that Ravi would go down on the top count, bias intimidation.”

And in New Jersey — recording and broadcasting another person’s personal affairs without their consent is criminal. CNN legal contributor Paul Callan calls the verdict “unprecedented.”

“Kids today, especially younger people, have gotten used to broadcasting their lives over the Internet. … It should send a message if you’re gonna broadcast embarrassing clips of people without their knowledge it might be a crime.”    

But the guilty verdict on charges of bias intimidation means Ravi could face up to ten years in jail. A punishment The Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson suggests could be excessive. Michaelson writes — you could definitely call Ravi a jerk or even a homophobe, but...

“Clementi, meanwhile, emerges as a delicate young man who was uncomfortable in his own skin... Now both Clementi and Ravi are symbols. … The problem is that justice is individual, whereas symbols are collective. ... But there’s a difference between sending a message and scapegoating.”

CNN reports — Ravi could also face deportation to his native India. According to the Associated Press — Ravi and his lawyers left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.


 

 

Rutgers Webcam Spying Case: Guilty Verdict Fair?

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Mar 16, 2012

Rutgers Webcam Spying Case: Guilty Verdict Fair?

(Image source: Project Q Atlanta)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

A guilty verdict in the much-watched Rutgers University webcam spying case.


Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate — Dharun Ravi hid a webcam, filmed Clementi’s sexual encounter with another man, and put the video online. (Video from the New Jersey Star-Ledger)

The charges: invasion of privacy and bias intimidation — which is a hate crime.

KPRC: “A jury found Ravi not guilty on some sub-parts of some counts. But guilty on all 15 counts as a whole.”

WABC: “They really didn’t think that Ravi would go down on the top count, bias intimidation.”

And in New Jersey — recording and broadcasting another person’s personal affairs without their consent is criminal. CNN legal contributor Paul Callan calls the verdict “unprecedented.”

“Kids today, especially younger people, have gotten used to broadcasting their lives over the Internet. … It should send a message if you’re gonna broadcast embarrassing clips of people without their knowledge it might be a crime.”    

But the guilty verdict on charges of bias intimidation means Ravi could face up to ten years in jail. A punishment The Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson suggests could be excessive. Michaelson writes — you could definitely call Ravi a jerk or even a homophobe, but...

“Clementi, meanwhile, emerges as a delicate young man who was uncomfortable in his own skin... Now both Clementi and Ravi are symbols. … The problem is that justice is individual, whereas symbols are collective. ... But there’s a difference between sending a message and scapegoating.”

CNN reports — Ravi could also face deportation to his native India. According to the Associated Press — Ravi and his lawyers left the courtroom without speaking to reporters.


 

 

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