View Poll Results: Should the pair who broadcast Tyler Clementi's sex life be held liable?

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    That would be more of a civil matter than a criminal one.

    I suspect that a lawsuit will be the more successful route than a criminal prosecution.
    NJ is one of the states that actually treats invasion of privacy as a crime.

    Invasion of Privacy - New Jersey Criminal Laws - Samuel Sachs, Esq.
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    NJ is one of the states that actually treats invasion of privacy as a crime.

    Invasion of Privacy - New Jersey Criminal Laws - Samuel Sachs, Esq.
    Ah, thanks. I didn't know that.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    If a strong enough criminal case can be made of it, then sure go for it. The civil case will probably be more of a shoe in though. None of that matters though because when the outcome of this prank, or whatever it was, finally hits these two boys that will be a worse punishment than any trial.
    It was a boy and a girl.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    Ah, thanks. I didn't know that.
    No worries, I had to look it up too. All I could remember from bar studying was that in NY, it was either a crime or it wasn't.
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    I voted yes. Apparently the only one.

    I do think they are liable for driving him to suicide. That **** isn't funny. People need to think before they're douchebags. I want them punished criminally for invasion of privacy. I want them punished civilly for emotional damages.

    I also think this is a good case for giving college kids single room dorms. When you're forced to live among a bunch of strangers in a place you know little about, sometimes just staying holed up in your room is the most rational, safest thing a person can do.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    This twipe belongs in the basement.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    This twipe belongs in the basement.
    It's a poll, and it belongs exactly where it is.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I voted yes. Apparently the only one.

    I do think they are liable for driving him to suicide. That **** isn't funny. People need to think before they're douchebags. I want them punished criminally for invasion of privacy. I want them punished civilly for emotional damages.
    From what I understand you have to be able to prove intent that they tried to make him commit suicide, but I don't know what other criminal charges they could use. I 100% agree with you about civil court though.

    I also think this is a good case for giving college kids single room dorms. When you're forced to live among a bunch of strangers in a place you know little about, sometimes just staying holed up in your room is the most rational, safest thing a person can do.
    I doubt that. It would be really expensive to have to have enough singles for every student. Plus you have to fill out questions so they can determine who you can live with. Also if you have problems with a roommate you can go to the RAs and they will find you some one else.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    May as well throw them off the bridge for all I care.

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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    From what I understand you have to be able to prove intent that they tried to make him commit suicide, but I don't know what other criminal charges they could use. I 100% agree with you about civil court though.
    Well, the wording of the question just asked if they were liable; it didn't say if it was in criminal court or civil court.

    The best way to equate my opinion on this is that if this was a homicide instead of a suicide, these two should be charged with manslaughter rather than murder. I know they had no intent for him to commit suicide; however, they should know by now that webcasting someone having sex is an really bad idea and can have consequences. If they don't understand that, well, they certainly do now.

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I doubt that. It would be really expensive to have to have enough singles for every student. Plus you have to fill out questions so they can determine who you can live with. Also if you have problems with a roommate you can go to the RAs and they will find you some one else.
    What I would do is have 1 small bedroom, just enough for a bed against one wall and a desk against the other, that would be private and then they share a communal area, kitchen area, and bathroom area with a few other singles. That wouldn't take up that much more space.

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