Ain't this some mess...Dharun Ravi, who was convicted of spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi, including watching him kiss another man, is scheduled to get out of jail early after serving just 20 days.
"The New Jersey Star-Ledger speculated earlier this week that Dharun Ravi's 30-day sentence at Middlesex County Jail might be cut short. The warden said Ravi could get an early exit for good behavior. And the Associated Press confirms that Ravi left this morning.
He is also sentenced 300 hours of community service and must pay more than $10,000 in fines while also undergoing three years of probation. The AP reports that all inmates can get five days shaved off their sentence for working and another five for their behavior.
In May, Ravi was found guilty of multiple counts related to Clementi's suicide in 2010. He was not charged with causing Clementi's death. And the judge decided opted for a punishment that far avoided the maximum possible 10 years."
I don't believe it's fair to hold Ravi solely responsible for Clementi's death--suicide is often more complicated than that. But the public embarrassment inflicted on him by Ravi obviously contributed to his anguish, and should be worth a lot more than 20 days in jail and community service. Ravi's lawyers are appealing the conviction, while the prosecution is appealing his sentence.