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              Roommate Pleads Guilty in Webcam Spying Case

March 2, 2012: Dhuran Ravi waiting for his trial to begin.


Summary: Dharun Ravi, a 24 year old Rutger's alumni, was pleaded guilty for invasion of privacy for capturing his former roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another man. Clementi committed suicide on September 22, 2010. When in court, Ravi took ownership of his actions of plotting to spy on his roommate. He also states he invited others to "watch the activity". Dharun was looking at 10 years of jail after being set on probation for 30 days. In 2012, Dharun was found guilty for 15 counts (15 different charges/offences) and sentenced for 30 days in a corrections center in North Brunswick, as well as a $10,000 fine. 

Connection: This news article connects to the context of the Constitution of our rights and laws. We viewed many of the laws the Constitution withholds, and this article demonstrates the consequences of not following the country's laws or a person's rights.

Questions:
1. Was Ravi's punishment harsh enough? Too harsh? Why?
2. Why is invasion of privacy not only illegal, but morally wrong and unethical? What do morals mean to you in this case?

12 comments:

  1. I think Ravi's had a good punishment, especially if he was the cause for his roommates suicide. But I do believe it can be a little unfair because rapists are over here getting 3 months of jail. I think the law need to make all punishments fair. I think it is morally wrong because you're doing something that has nothing to do with you, its like not minding your own business.

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  2. I believe that the punishment was insufficient. I believe that invasion of privacy leading to suicide should be tried as a murder charge. He took advantage of his roommate's intimate space and let other watch. Getting only 30 days in a correctional facility does not match the crime he has committed. He should be tried for murder.

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    1. I agree, I see your point about charge of murder. I also agree that his punishment wasn't long enough, especially if this case were to be seen a murder. 3 months does not seem long enough to change someone, as you stated.

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  3. I believe that invasion of privacy is wrong and unethical because it could destroy relationships. People often think that they are okay to do what they want at home but if someone is watching them, that would be humiliating and you should be safe in your own home. Privacy is a right that everyone has. In this case with Ravi, the punishment could have gone worse to the point that he is convicted to accessory to murder. He is lucky that he only got off with a fine and 30 days probation.

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  4. I think he should be sentenced to death row for invasion of privacy. He took someone else's life on purpose so he doesn't deserve his.

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  5. I don't think he went to far because he did invade someone's privacy but also made the victim kill himself for showing the video which could make him an accessory to murder. It's not right for someone to invade the only peaceyou can have with yourself.

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  6. I think the punishment was good. I do not think that he wanted his room mate to commit suicide but he did and that is why the punishment is strong enough.

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  7. I don't think it was Ravi's intention to cause the victim to commit suicide. Although what he did isn't okay he should have a different punishment rather than being on probation and having to pay a fine.

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  8. I don't think it was Ravi's intention to cause the victim to commit suicide. Although what he did isn't okay he should have a different punishment rather than being on probation and having to pay a fine.

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  9. I think Ravi's punishment was harsh enough because even though it wasn't his intention of causing his roommate to commit suicide, he still invaded his privacy and he had no right to do so.

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  10. I think to Ravi, spying on his roommate seemed like a harmless joke, to him, and he didn't expect his roommate to result in suicide but it was morally wrong for Ravi to spy on his roommate. There's not much of a justification for invading his roommates privacy and his punishment doesn't reflect his actions; he deserves a stronger punishment.

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  11. I think that Ravi´s punishment wasn´t harsh enough. Although it wasn´t Ravi´s intention for his roommate to kill himself,it is still immoral for him to invade Clementi´s privacy and invite others to watch.

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