Most Say Ex-Rutgers Student's Sentence in Webcam Case Not Tough Enough: Poll

In March, a jury found Dharun Ravi guilty of 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012  |  Updated 7:24 AM EDT
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Ravi Gets 30 Days in Rutgers Spy Case

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's encounter with another man, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation. Brian Thompson reports.
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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 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.     

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