... Ravi is on trial for what all of us feel from time to time: prejudice against those who are different from us....Why? Because while Ravi is on trial for invasion of privacy, the more serious offense with which he is charged is “bias intimidation,” a hate crime. If all Ravi did was film Clementi in bed with another man, it’s a minor offense. If he did so in order to harass Clementi for being gay, he could get 10 years in prison. As the trial has unfolded, there appears to be general agreement that Ravi is a bit of a jerk...Of course, this trial is taking place only because shortly after Ravi recorded him, Clementi killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. That’s why the case has attracted so much attention: Clementi was one in a series of gay-teen suicides brought on by bullying and intimidation. Now both Clementi and Ravi are symbols. And yet, is Ravi really responsible for Clementi’s suicide?"
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