Letters asked judge for leniency in NJ webcam case

Dharun Ravi sits in court during his sentencing in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012.. (AP Photo/Mel�Evans)

Dharun Ravi sits in court during his sentencing in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012.. (AP Photo/Mel�Evans)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- The judge in the case of a former Rutgers student who used a webcam to see his roommate kiss another man has released more than 100 letters he received about the case.

They came from a man who was beaten in a racially motivated attack 30 years ago, a group representing lesbian, gay and transgendered people with South Asian heritage and the father of a suicide victim.

Nearly all of them had the same theme: Show Dharun Ravi mercy after he was convicted of bias intimidation and other crimes against roommate Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September 2010, days after the spying.

Last week, the judge, Glenn Berman, sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail -- a fraction of the 10 years in prison he could have faced.


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