15th Anniversary of 9/11 News Roundup Sept. 10-11, 2016

September 11

Newsroom Victories

Christie

It was 100 degrees in some Paterson classrooms Friday, some schools are old buildings with no window shades. There was bottled water, but was it too hot to safely learn and teach?

We don’t usually pull news from People Magazine, but this story of Hamilton Twp. neighbors helping a lonely older woman keep her house is simply wonderful. 

Trump

Tyler Clementi is still dead, but incredibly the 15-count conviction of his Rutgers roommate Dharun Ravi has been overturned. Ravi’s spying on Clementi’s private moments with another man led the 18-year-old to leap to his death off the GWB. Ravi gets another trial, but only on a few charges.

This article about Camden activist Gary Frazier’s work to draw attention to the exploration of inmates is followed by a stream of truly dumb comments.

John Kacich was here in South Jersey, but not for Trump, for Tom MacArthur.

Did your sammich just hit the floor? Researchers at Rutgers want to talk to you about the 5-second rule. 

CD3: Tom MacArthur gets a lot of Democratic warm and fuzzies, from Cory Booker, from Bob Menendez

Under the Dome

2017 starts early

 

Comments (5)

  1. CreedPogue

    Dharun Ravi seems to be someone that we would not want to be associated with. But the hard facts are that he never saw, much less recorded or distributed, any images of any sexual activity. We do not know what Tyler may have THOUGHT happened because of Ravi’s webcam. All of it is a sad situation but making legal decisions based on emotion instead of facts is very dangerous.

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  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Actually, yes. Dhahran Ravi did view, without Clementi’s knowledge, a private romantic encounter between Clementi and another man.

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  3. CreedPogue

    Are we using the word “romantic” because Ravi supposedly turned it off right after the kissing started but to leave an insinuation that there was more even though there is no evidence of that?

    Ravi is a sleezeball but there is no evidence that he actually broke any law.

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  4. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    “We” are using the word romantic instead of the word sexual. Both may apply. Ravi was using a camera to spy on Clementi when he believed he was alone and free to be intimate with a man in his room. Quoting from The Advocate, which quotes from the judge’s statement:

    “Even while overturning Ravi’s conviction, the appellate court denounced his actions. “The social environment that transformed a private act of sexual intimacy into a grotesque voyeuristic spectacle must be unequivocally condemned in the strongest possible way,” Judge Jose Fuentes wrote for the court.”

    Ravi’s sentence was overturned because in addition to other charges – invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence, hindering apprehension among others – he was also charged & convicted on 4 bias intimidation counts and NJ’s bias law has changed since that time (the change stemmed from a different case, not Ravi’s). As I understand it the appeals court decided, unanimously, that the evidence presented in the bias crime part of the case colored the jury and deprived him of a fair trial. It doesn’t mean that there’s “no evidence” he broke any law.

    The sentencing judge only gave him 30 days in jail – of which 20 were served. The decision may be appealed to the NJ Supreme Court.

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  5. CreedPogue

    What is actually known (versus spin) about what Ravi actually saw? Additionally, as far as I can tell, he broadcast nothing. There are a lot of rumors but the facts seem to go in another direction.

    Again, not saying that Ravi isn’t a bad person. Instead, seems that he has a lot of issues. But, being a knucklehead or even a sphincter is not illegal.

    It may be that his actions after Tyler’s suicide are what gives him jail time but no one should be surprised if it doesn’t. Not because of homophobia or indifference, but even for tampering or hindering, you have to have been guilty of something else.

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