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Dharun Ravi Faces Possibility Of More Jail Time In Tyler Clementi Bias-Intimidation Case

With just two weeks left to jury selection, Judge Glenn Berman has discovered an error in one of the prosecution’s charges against Dharun Rhavi, the college student accused of harassing Tyler Clementi.

Among the charges against him, Ravi stands accused of hindering an investigation. But the complaint lists the crime as a third-degree offense, when in actuality it’s a second-degree crime.

Second-degree crimes generally lead to jail time, while third-degree offenses generally lead to suspended sentences. Posecutors file motions to fix the mistake, but Judge Berman hasn’t said he’ll accept the change.

“I’m not sure it’s fair to make Mr. Ravi pay for a mistake that I caught,” Judge Berman said, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

C’mon, this isn’t like when Dunkin’ Donuts give you your coffee for free because they forgot the receipt!

Ravi is currently fighting a 15-count indictment of bias intimidation and spying on Clementi while he was being intimate with another male student. The two main second-degree counts of bias intimidation are the most serious charges—each could mean 10 years in prison.

Berman also caught two mistakes in charges that were classified as third-degree instead of fourth-degree but neither  has implications for jail time.

And one final twist: break out the popcorn and tissues, because the trial could be televised.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Feb 8, 2012
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  • 6 Comments
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      I want him to rot. That might make me spiteful or vindictive, but I really do.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giovannidude
      Giovannidude

      If these slip-ups reflect how swift the prosecution is, don’t bet that Ravi won’t walk.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      Televised? So we’ll be able to spy on Ravi while he gets fucked.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      So what crimes is he actually being charged with – being an asshole? Invasion of privacy?

      Feb 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marie Cohn
      Marie Cohn

      Ian Parker in the current New Yorker reports every detail. Read it. Be glad you’re not 19.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adam
      adam

      read the article in the current New Yorker, which goes into admirable depth as to
      Tyler and Dharun’s relationship before making such snap judgments, guys. the actual
      situation is much less cut and dried, much more morally ambiguous, than the coverage
      of this story lets on!

      Feb 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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