The roommate of Tyler Clementi — the eighteen-year old Rutgers University student who died by suicide by jumping from the George Washington bridge last yearÂ on September 22 — has been charged with a hate crime in a fifteen-count indictment.Â Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate, is charged withÂ bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and witness and evidence tampering for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, who was reportedly caught in an intimate moment with another man in their dorm room.
The nineteen-year old Ravi is facing a possible five-year sentence.
The indictment mentions Clementi’s sexual orientation and states that Ravi knew he would be able to intimidate him because of it.
Earlier, Clementi’s parents had asked that Ravi and his alleged accomplice, Molly Wei, not face extreme charges, but in a statement just released, they say,Â “The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate,” and add,Â “If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our criminal justice system to establish clear accountability under law. We are eager to have the process moved forward for justice in this case.”
On October 4, 2010, despite rain and startling cold weather, at least two thousand people, including then-New York Governor David Paterson, converged upon Manhattanâ€™s Washington Square Park, the heart of New York Universityâ€™s Greenwich Village campus, to pay homage to teens who were literally bullied to death across the country in September. (Video.)
The Clementi family has createdÂ The Tyler Clementi Point Scholarship, “created with the cooperation of Clementiâ€™s parents, Joe and Jane, to honor Tylerâ€™s memory and further the efforts to end the bullying that many LGBT youth face within educational environments,” adding that his “tragic suicide sparked a nationwide discussion on gay bullying, suicide and homophobia, shedding light on a major issue facing the LGBT community. Clementi, from Ridgewood, New Jersey, was a talented violinist, a member of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Bergen Youth Orchestra.”
“Our son Tyler was a kind and gentle young man who enjoyed helping people,â€ said Joe and Jane Clementi. â€œThis scholarship will help college students and it will raise awareness of young people who are subject to abuse through malicious bullying – and so it will help people in Tyler’s memory.Â We are happy to be supportive of Point Foundation and we thank them forÂ establishing this scholarship.â€
(image via Twitter account ofÂ @DharunRavi1)
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15-Year Old Campaigning Door-to-Door for Raphael Warnock Shot Through Door– ‘No Indication’ Politically Motivated: Police
A 15-year old boy campaigning door-to-door for U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was shot by a 42-year old man through the front door, according to Savannah Police who claim “there is no indication the shooting was politically motivated.”
The man was arrested after police responded to the shooting on Thursday around 5:35 PM, “and discovered a 15-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.”
His injuries are not life threatening.
“According to the preliminary investigation, the teen was campaigning for Raphael Warnock for the upcoming run-off election when the incident occurred. While at the front door of one of the residences on Hartridge Street, the suspect fired a shot through the closed door, striking the teen,” according to the Savannah Police statement.
The 42-year old man “was booked into the Chatham County jail on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.”
“I am saddened to learn about this incident,” said Sen. Warnock, who faces off against Herschel Walker in the U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday, as WSAV-TV reports. “I am praying for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery.”
Watch the video from WSAV below or at this link.
Fox News Chief Lachlan Murdoch to Be Deposed in $1.6 Billion Dominion Defamation Case
Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of Fox News‘ parent company, Fox Corporation, is set to be deposed next week in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit. Dominion Voting Systems, which manufactures voting machines, claims the eldest Murdoch son and his father, Rupert Murdoch, have responsibility in Fox News promoting pro-Trump false election fraud claims it says has caused its company harm.
Murdoch is “scheduled to face questions from Dominion’s lawyers on Monday in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports, and will be the highest-ranking official at Fox to be deposed by Dominion,” The Hill reports.
Fox News propagandists Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have already faced Dominion’s attorneys.
After a federal judge in June ruled the case could move forward, Law & Crime explained, “Dominion’s lawsuit contends that Rupert and his son Lachlan Murdoch personally caused Fox News to broadcast false claims about their role in the 2020 election, even though the Murdochs knew former President Donald Trump’s election fraud narrative was false.”
Rupert Murdoch reportedly spoke with Donald Trump just days after the 2020 presidential election to tell him he had lost.
Judge Eric M. Davis ruled there is “a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least recklessly disregarded the truth when they allegedly caused Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion.”
“Dominion has successfully brought home actual malice to the individuals at Fox Corporation who it claims to be responsible for the broadcasts,” Judge Davis added, Law & Crime reported.
A federal judge has rejected Fox News’ First Amendment defense. The case is expected to be argued before a jury early next year.
82-Year-Old Black Woman Arrested and Handcuffed by Alabama Police Over $77 Unpaid Trash Bill
Martha Menefield, an 82-year-old Black woman in Valley, Alabama, had police officers show up to her home on Sunday and arrest her for failing to pay a $77 trash bill, CBS42 reports.
Menefield told CBS42 that she thought the bill had already been paid, “but they said it hadn’t.”
“And the cuffs,” she said, her eyes swelling with tears. “They’re so heavy.”
When the officer told her not to cry, Menefield asked him, “How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?”
“I’m just happy my grandkids weren’t here to see that,” Menefield said, her voice shaking. “That would have upset them. I was so ashamed. And it’s been bothering me.”
In a post on the city’s social media account, Valley’s police chief defended the arrest.
“City of Valley Code Enforcement Officers issued Ms. Menefield a citation in August of 2022 for non-payment for trash services for the months of June, July, and August,” Chief Mike Reynolds’ statement said. “Prior to issuing the citation, Code Enforcement tried to call Ms. Menefield several times and attempted to contact her in person at her residence. When contact could not be made, a door hanger was left at her residence. The hanger contained information on the reason for the visit and a name and contact phone number for her to call. The citation advised Ms. Menefield that she was to appear in court on September 7, 2022, in reference to this case. A warrant for Failure to Pay-Trash was issued when she did not appear in court.”
Since the arrest, Menefield has been thinking about the role of God in her life.
“I’ve been questioning God a little bit,” she said. “I guess cause I’ve been so upset. I had a daycare here for eight years, and I’ve been asking the Lord. I say ‘Why did this happen to me as much as I’ve done for people, Lord? I’ve paid my tithes every Sunday. I ushered at church. I was just questioning. Something’s just not right.”
Read the full report over at CBS42.
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