I’ve been following this trial closely. The jury begins deliberating after today’s closing arguments. In a nutshell, Dharun Ravi is accused of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, who later killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
I find the defense strategy of saying that Ravi was worried about his belongings being stolen or that he was just acting immaturely to be utterly ridiculous. While those things may be true, it’s clearly indicative of a bias.
I highly doubt that Ravi would have been concerned if his roommate were having a female guest over. Would he have tweeted about Clementi spending time with his girlfriend? Would he have tried to organize a “viewing party” if the encounter were heterosexual? I think NOT.
There is no excuse for what Ravi did except bias. If we remove all genders from the equation, one person doing that to another is wrong by all definitions. I hope the jury finds him guilty of everything with which he’s charged. There is no room for bias in today’s world.