Former Rutgers Student to Be Sentenced in Hate Crime

Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday morning in a New Jersey court room following his conviction on charges that he had used a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man. A live stream of the sentencing will be shown here.

His roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge three days after one of the webcam viewings, three weeks into their freshman year in September 2010.

The jury verdict, which followed 13 days of testimony, was seen by some as broadening the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology. The 15 charges Mr. Ravi was found guilty of included bias intimidation.

But some legal experts have argued that even though Mr. Ravi is not charged with Mr. Clementi’s death he is being punished for it.

Some of the charges that Mr. Ravi was found guilty of carry penalties of 5 to 10 years in prison.

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