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

    If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life be held criminally accountable?

    Read more: Tyler Clementi's body ID'd - Rutgers freshman committed suicide after sex video was streamed on web

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

    Morally, I think there responsible for his death, but legally they are not.
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    damn near impossible to prove "intent"
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    No. They should be held liable for their use of technology. They should feel the guilt and shame of it. But the individual was neither coerced into suicide nor out of control of his own destiny. Extreme circumstances make it difficult to see through the pain and shame, but it is no one's fault but his own for defaulting on that chance to wait for the tide to subside.
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Major discussion already taking place here:

    http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...ut-online.html

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

    I think there's plenty to charge them with regardless of the end result. - that's just a guess. But I am pretty sure they crossed a few legal lines.

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

    If the penalties for using a video camera to record a roommate's sexual activities generally range from A-Z, I'd say they should probably get something toward the harsher side of that punishment. For what I'm assuming are first time offenders who probably can't be convicted of anything beyond invasion of privacy, I'd be surprised if there's any jail time.

    In cases that get press like this, there's always a huge initial uproar where everyone demands that the perpetrators be thrown in jail for 20 years. The end result is usually something like probation and community service, if there's even a conviction at all. See United States v. Lori Drew - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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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
    If the penalties for using a video camera to record a roommate's sexual activities generally range from A-Z, I'd say they should probably get something toward the harsher side of that punishment. For what I'm assuming are first time offenders who probably can't be convicted of anything beyond invasion of privacy, I'd be surprised if there's any jail time.

    In cases that get press like this, there's always a huge initial uproar where everyone demands that the perpetrators be thrown in jail for 20 years. The end result is usually something like probation and community service, if there's even a conviction at all. See United States v. Lori Drew - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    agreed, they can probably get them on invasion of privacy and maybe a few other minor charges related to broadcasting without the guys permission but it would be almost impossible to prove "intent" neccessary to charge them with the guy's death. It's not like they cut his brake lines or anything. Even if they did intend to embarrass him or cause him emotional distress, it would be very very hard to prove it in court without a confession.
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    Re: If proven, should the pair accused of broadcasting Tyler Clementi's sex life ...

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    agreed, they can probably get them on invasion of privacy and maybe a few other minor charges related to broadcasting without the guys permission but it would be almost impossible to prove "intent" neccessary to charge them with the guy's death. It's not like they cut his brake lines or anything. Even if they did intend to embarrass him or cause him emotional distress, it would be very very hard to prove it in court without a confession.
    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.

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

    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.

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