Dharun Ravi was sentenced yesterday, but both sides are likely to appeal.
Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days jail for using a webcam to spy on a gay college roommate. He could have received 10 years. But the judge said "I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi."
The former student was convicted for his role in harassing Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after Ravi used a webcam to spy on him.
Dharun Ravi committed 'reprehensible' acts in setting up a webcam to spy on his Rutgers roommate's gay relationship, but they did not reach the level of a hate crime, the judge said.
The spycam case drew national attention because of the intersection of alleged discrimination against gays and the intrusion of social media. Dharun Ravi faces 15 criminal charges.
The roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the alleged spying — drawing national attention to the challenges facing young gays and lesbians in society.
Dharun Ravi faces charges of, among other counts, invasion of privacy and witness and evidence tampering. The most serious charge – bias intimidation – could draw a 10-year sentence.
The collision of a small plane and a helicopter above the Hudson River Saturday took place in a zone where pilots essentially police themselves.