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Was Dharun Ravi’s Sentence Tough Enough? Poll Says No

A new poll finds a majority of New Jersey residents believe a former Rutgers University student convicted of using 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 May 21 to 30 days in jail, three years probation, counseling and 300 hours of community service. He could have received up to 10 years in prison.

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

Thirty-nine percent think Ravi got “the sentence he deserves,” while seven percent believe it was “too tough.”

The poll surveyed 1,191 adults from May 31-June 4 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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

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