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Slim Majority Think Ravi Sentence is “Too Lenient,” Poll Shows

A new poll finds a narrow majority of New Jersey residents believe a former Rutgers student who used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate got a lenient sentence.

Dharun Ravi in courtroom during sentencing
Dharun Ravi in courtroom during sentencing (WPVI TV)

Dharun Ravi was sentenced last month to 30 days in jail, community service and three years’ probation, and ordered to pay $10,000 toward a program to help victims of hate crimes.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Thursday found 51 percent of respondents said Ravi’s sentence for bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in the Tyler Clementi case was “not tough enough.”

Thirty-nine percent think Ravi got “the sentence he deserve.”

Seven percent believe it was “too tough.”

The poll question did not mention the $10,000 payment. It surveyed 1,191 adults from May 31-June 4, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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