Ravi to Appeal 30-Day Sentence

    FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Dharun Ravi waits for the judge to explain the law to the jury before they begin their deliberations during his trial at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, N.J. Ravi was convicted Friday, March 16, 2012, of anti-gay intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life. The roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, threw himself to his death off a bridge not long after realizing he'd been watched. Although there was a verdict in the case, there is no resolution to a broader question that hovered over it: To what extent are hate crime laws a help or a hindrance in the pursuit of justice? (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, John O'Boyle, Pool, File)

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    Lawyers on both sides of the Dharun Ravi case announced they would appeal the sentence handed down for the ex-Rutgers student Monday. Lead prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said the 30-day jail term that Ravi was given was insufficient. Meanwhile, the defense called Ravi's conviction an error. Ravi was found guilty on counts including bias intimidation and witness tampering after the suicide of Tyler Clementi in 2010, and was sentenced to thirty days in prison by a New Jersey court. The death of 18-year-old Clementi became a national issue, sparking conversation about bullying and whether Ravi intentionally humiliated Clementi for his homosexuality. Ravi, a native of India, was studying at New Jersey’s Rutgers University at the time of the suicide, and could have faced deportation as part of his sentence.

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