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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Judge Defends Sentence Imposed on Ex-Rutgers Student"

From the New York Times:

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge on Wednesday offered a spirited defense of the sentence he imposed on Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man.

Mr. Ravi was convicted in March of all 15 charges against him, and sentenced last week to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of community service, three years’ probation and $10,000 to be paid to a fund that helps victims of bias crimes.

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Fox news posted snippets from several of the sentencing/character letters and I was moved to see that so many gay rights supporters actually submitted letters on Ravi's behalf. I think forgiveness and acceptance of Ravi was exactly what was needed in this case and it avoided a deep divide that could have occurred if a harsh sentence was imposed.

DK, Attorney

Posted by: David | Jun 1, 2012 7:19:41 PM

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