The Right Sentence

Andrew Sullivan —  May 21 2012 @ 6:45pm

I have to say I'm relieved that, out of a possible ten years in prison, Dharun Ravi got 30 days. Money quote:

“You lied to your roommate who placed his trust in you without any conditions, and you violated it,” the judge, Glenn Berman of State Superior Court, said. “I haven’t heard you apologize once.”

In addition to jail, Judge Berman sentenced Mr. Ravi to three years’ probation, 300 hours of community service, counseling about cyberbullying and alternate lifestyles, and a $10,000 probation fee, to be used to help victims of bias crimes.

He was cruel; he was out of line; he was homophobic. But he did not murder someone. And if we seriously start criminalizing this kind of sick prank, we beckon a crazy future. (And for the thousandth time, being gay is not an "alternate lifestyle," whatever that is.)