Dharun Ravi Gets 30 Days in Jail

The judge in Dharun Ravi's sentencing hearing says he did not hear Ravi apologize, and called Ravi's note of apology "unimpressive," but he said he would recommend Ravi not be deported as he sentenced him to 30 days in jail.

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Update (1:52 p.m. EDT): Prosecutors said they planned to appeal the sentence, because it contained no state prison time, the New York Daily News reports. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported both sides planned to appeal. The full impact statements from Ravi's parents and M.B., the anonymous guest whose visit with Clementi Ravi filmed, are available at the Star-Ledger.

Update (12:48 p.m.): Berman also sentenced Ravi to 3 years probation, 300 hours of community service, a counseling program "relative to cyber-bullying and alternate lifestyles," and $10,000 to pay for a state-chartered organization to help bias crime victims.

Update (12:35 p.m. EDT): Berman sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail, to start May 31. He had faced as much as 10 years in prison.

Update (12:30 p.m. EDT): Judge Glenn Berman said when he issued his decision, "there will be a notation that I will recommend you not be deported." He told Ravi "I have not heard you apologize once," and said Ravi's note of apology in pre-trial was "unimpressive." Berman also told a seated Ravi "keep your seat, but normally when people are talking to a judge, they stand." Ravi risks deportation as he's still technically a citizen of India.

Update (12:21 p.m. EDT): Dharun Ravi declined the opportunity to address the court. His mother Sabitha, meanwhile, made a plea on his behalf. "The past 20 months have been hell" for him, she said. He's lost 25 pounds and eats one meal per day. "My 20-year-old son already has too much burden on his shoulders to face for the rest of his life," she said. "The thing that worries me a lot is how the stress builds up inside him. It’s affecting his health internally."

Update (12:13 p.m. EDT): Dharun Ravi's father, Pazhani Ravi, said Ravi was "not raised to hate gays." He continued: "What is surprising as a parent is how can a person who never acted as a bully go from a passive child to a hardcore bully overnight." Pazhani stressed that Dharun had not been charged with Clementi's suicide, but with the violation of privacy that preceded it. "Every report starts and ends with the suicide," he said, but it wasn't Dharun's fault. "The real reason for the suicide should have been made available to the public and to the court." But Pazhani Ravi didn't say what that was. Ravi's lawyer also suggested, in comments that preceded Pazhani's, that Clementi's suicide note did not mention the spying incident.

Update (11:20 a.m. EDT): Tyler's mother, Jane Clementi, said "I felt like a piece of myself died in September 2010." She read a statement recollecting the day Tyler moved in with Ravi, when she said Ravi didn't acknowledge Tyler. "He decided he knew all he wanted to know about Tyler. Getting to know Tyler and developing a friendship with Tyler was not what he had in mind."

Original: "From the moment a random computer decided Dharun and my brother would live together, my brother's fate was sealed," Tyler Clemnti's brother James told a New Jersey courtroom Monday at the sentencing hearing for Dharun Ravi. Joseph Clementi and his parents are addressing Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of a hate crime for the secret filming his roommate, Clementi, and another man that preceded Clementi's suicide.

Tyler Clementi's father, Joseph Clementi, called the impact of Tyler's death "severe, shocking and lasting." He said Ravi "saw my son as not deserving human decency and respect, and saw my son as different from him, and below him. And because he was gay." Joseph Clementi became visibly emotional as he read his statement to the court. James Clementi, meanwhile, said Ravi had never apologized to his family, and, "to be honest, there was a time when an apology would have meant something to me, but now it’s clear that anything of the sort would be rehearsed words."

Ravi used a webcam to spy on Clementi's sexual encounter in September 2010, which he broadcast online. After Clementi threw himself off the George Washington Bridge three days later, Ravi was charged with 15 counts of invasion of privacy, evidence tampering, and witness intimidation, and hate crimes for targeting Clementi because of his sexuality. In March, a Jury found him guilty of most of those charges, including the hate crimes against Clementi. Ravi's case became a lightning rod for anti-gay bullying advocates nationwide, but as The New York Times reported on Monday, some gay rights supporters have been calling for leniency for Ravi. Sentencing will be handed down shortly.

You can follow the hearing live via MSNBC:

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