Hate crime conviction for spying on gay roommate.
I'm really torn on this one. I think the idea of hate crimes are ridiculous, as is the media hysteria over bullying.
(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student who used a computer webcam to spy on a sexual tryst of his roommate, who later committed suicide, was found guilty of hate crimes on Friday in a case that put a national spotlight on gay bullying.
But this violation of privacy is disgusting in and of itself, and the fact that it was posted online in order to mock the young man makes it all the more heinous. "Hate crime" or not, Ravi deserved to have the book thrown at him.
Agreed. In most cases, I don't agree with "hate crimes," as there is usually a crime that fits already. For example, a guy beats another to death for nothing more than the color of his skin. That is murder and you don't need a hate crime for that... just throw the book at him for murder and never let him see daylight again. But in this case, (and I am not a cop or lawyer, so I can't say what law he should be convicted under aside from a hate crime), the punishment for something like invasion of privacy does not seem severe enough for causing the death of this guy. It isn't quite negligent homicide, but we all know he caused a reason for someone to commit suicide. And he did seem to do it out of malice because the guy was gay. So Hate crime does seem appropriate here.