NEW BRUNSWICK - The prosecutor's office has announced it will appeal the sentence Dharun Ravi received yesterday, saying the punishment was too lenient.
Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation in the bias intimidation case. The former Rutgers student used a webcam to spy on his former roommate Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man. Clementi committed suicide soon after the incident.
Some gay rights activists agree with the prosecution that the sentence was too light for a bias crime.
"This sentence reflected no balance at all," said Steve Goldstein, of Garden State Equality. "This sentence was a slap on the wrist of the weakest possible crime."
State Sen. Joseph Vitale, who wrote New Jersey's bias intimidation law, said he believed the law was applied and prosecuted properly, but believes that Ravi should have received a harsher sentence than 30 days.
To see Tyler Clementi's mother Jane read a statement in court during the sentencing, click on iO extra on channel 612
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