Judge Defends Giving Dharun Ravi 30 Days in Jail
BY Lucas Grindley
May 31 2012 3:34 PM ET
The judge who gave Dharun Ravi 30 days in jail for his role in the death of Tyler Clementi says it would have been “unconscionable” to give a longer sentence.
Judge Glenn Berman said in a court hearing, according to The New York Times, that “I can’t find it in me to remand him to state prison that houses people convicted of offenses such as murder, armed robbery and rape. I don’t believe that that fits this case. I believe that he has to be punished, and he will be.”
The 30-day sentence, plus a fine, community service and probation, were what Berman felt was the right punishment after a jury convicted Ravi on 15 charges. The Times says Berman pointed out that Ravi is only 20 years old and he claimed that lawmakers never intended harsher bias crime sentences to be used in privacy cases.
Ravi had been convicted of spying on Clementi and then of covering up his tracks when police began investigating.
Prosecutors have said they plan to appeal Ravi's sentence.
Sign Up For Email Updates
- Crime Gay Man Gunned Down in NYC Street, Dies UPDATED: May 18 2013 7:24 PM
- Youth Florida Teen Arrested, Expelled for Same-Sex Relationship May 18 2013 6:58 PM
- Media Legendary Gay Gossip Columnist Michael Musto Responds to Being Laid Off May 18 2013 3:21 PM
- Marriage Equality Vive la France! Hollande Signs Marriage Equality Bill May 18 2013 12:20 PM
- Photography Photos: Cuba Libre May 18 2013 5:29 AM
- Television These 20 Sexy Pics of Stephen Amell Will Hit Your Bullseye May 17 2013 9:00 PM
- Politics Portugal Approves Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Spouses May 17 2013 8:32 PM