Dharun Ravi Trial - The Myth and The Facts

Thread started by Neel D on 27th March 2012 12:00 PM

Dharun Ravi Trial - The Myth and The Facts

In September of 2010 two Rutgers University freshman students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei secretly recorded a sexual encounter between another freshman student Tyler Clementi and another man. Tyler Clementi was Dharun's roommate at the dormitory. Then the recording was posted on the internet for the whole world to see. Tyler who was not out as gay was humiliated by the sex tape that everybody saw and took his own life by jumping off the George Washington bridge.

The above was the narrative that was spread by the media and the LGBT community and was believed to be true by the American public for nearly a year and a half.

And then came the article written by Ian Parker in the New Yorker magazine on February 6, 2012. This article told the real story. Most of the real story. And the rest of the facts have come out since, trickling little at a time. Many articles and editorials have now been written on this case. You have to read a lot of them to find out the facts. Finding the truth is never easy. But spreading a simplistic story about Good Vs Evil is very easy.

Dharun was slapped with 15 counts of criminal charges by the State of New Jersey and it contained 35 sub-counts of criminal charges. Charges included invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence, witness tampering and biggest of all the bias intimidation charge which is a hate crime and has very harsh punishment. The jury convicted him on all 15 main counts including the hate crime charge and acquitted him on some sub-counts. Sentencing is scheduled for May 21, 2012. The judge can sentence Dharun for up to 10 years in prison followed by an automatic deportation to India. Dharun was 18 at the time of the incident and he is now 20 years old. The LGBT rights movement is not satisfied with just the convictions. They want to see Dharun get a harsh punishment. So they are still out campaigning for it with more new lies.

To find out the facts of this case I have provided links to some very good articles, in my opinion. Please read them and find out for yourself. The New Yorker article is a must-read and should be read first.

The New Yorker article by Ian Parker - The Story of a Suicide

Burden of Proof, Analysis by Chris Cuomo, ABC News

Mark DiIonno, Star-Ledger Columnist interviews Dharun after the verdict

Mark DiIonno, Star-Ledger Columnist on why Ravi did not take the plea deal

Mark DiIonno, Star-Ledger Columnist on the muddled law

Star-Ledger Column by John Farmer Jr., Dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark

The New York Times Op-Ed by Emily Bazelon

A hateless hate crime - Jacob Sullum for Reason Magazine

Punishing people for others' suicide (Techdirt.com)

CNN Op-Ed by Paul Butler

The Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi we will never know - Richard Kim for The Nation


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