Recently, a verdict was rendered in the cyber bullying case involving a former Rutgers University student.  On March 16, a New Jersey jury found Dharun Ravi guilty of numerous charges, including bias intimidation, hindering apprehension, witness tampering, and tampering with physical evidence.  These convictions could place Ravi in jail for up to ten years.  Ravi might also be deported after he completes his sentence.

Dharun Ravi was found to have viewed webcam footage of his roommate, Tyler Clementi.  The footage captured Clementi having an intimate encounter with another man.  Ravi then tweeted he saw his roommate kissing another man. Days later, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River.

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan calls the verdict “unprecedented,” adding that the verdict “sends a message to people across the rest of the country about the potential consequences of unauthorized webcam use.”  Rutgers University released this statement after the verdict. “This sad incident should make us all pause to recognize the importance of civility and mutual respect in the way we live, work and communicate with others.”

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