Long before Dharun Ravi was convicted on multiple counts of bias intimidation, he was found guilty in the court of public opinion. It’s widely believed he caused his roommate, Tyler Clementi, to jump off the George Washington Bridge by using a webcam to spy on Tyler’s intimate encounters with another man.
But now sentencing is coming in 10 days and many public figures, including gay NJ ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey, have stepped up to say that Ravi should not serve any jail time.
According to the Associated Press:
“Defendant has failed to accept a degree of responsibility for the numerous crimes he committed, and shows no remorse for the same,” the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said in its sentencing memorandum.
To amplify the point, prosecutors included in the filing text messages they say Ravi sent to a friend the morning he was sent home from Rutgers after Clementi was known to be missing and was believed to have killed himself.
“How can I convince my mom to let me go back Friday and get drunk?” he asked in one. In another, he said: “Honestly, if he didn’t suicide, I might be in trouble. But now they’re more worried about me doing something stupid.”
Wow, those texts are damning. And after reading them, we’re inclined to say Ravi should broaden his horizons with a year or two in the slammer. It could be, as they say, a humbling experience.
But there’s also the softer, more redeeming text he sent Clementi the same day Clementi committed suicide:
“I’ve known you were gay and I have no problem with it… In fact, one of my closest friends is gay and I have a very open relationship. I just suspected you were shy and never broached it as a topic. I don’t want your freshman year to be ruined because of a petty misunderstanding, it’s adding to my guilt. You have a right to move if you wish but I don’t want you to feel pressured to without fully understanding the situation.”
Thing is, Ravi might’ve sent this one just to cover his tracks once he knew that Tyler was suicidal.
This kid could use an exercise in humility, whether it’s in jail or in the stares he’ll get from future employers when he tells them his real name.