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Sentencing Memo

Sentencing Memo

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STATEOFNEWJERSEY~PlaintiffSUPERIORCOURTOFNEWJERSEYMIDDLESEXCOUNTYLAWDIVISION-CRIMINALPART
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CRIMINALACTIONDHARUNRAVI~Ind.No.11-04-00596Pros.File#10002681DefendantSENTENCINGMEMORANDUMONBEHALFOFDEFENDANTDHARUNRAVIBENEDICTANDALTMANAttorneysforDefendant247LivingstonAvenueNewBrunswick,NJ08901732-745-9000ONTHEBRIEF:STEVEND.ALTMAN,ESQ.JOSHUAALTMAN,ESQ.
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InAugustof2010,DharunRavibeganhiscollegecareeratRutgersUniversity.Hewaseighteenyearsoldanditwasthefirsttimethathehadlivedwithanyonebuthisparents.untiltheageoffive,DharunlivedinChennai,India.Hisfather,RaviPazhani,whofaithfullyattendedeverycourtappearanceandeverytrialdatetogetherwithhismother,oftentraveledwhenDharunwasyoungaspartofhisjobasasoftwareconsultant.DharunindicatedthathisfathertraveledtoGermany,otherpartsofEuropeandtheUnitedStates.ThefamilymadeadecisiontorelocatetotheUnitedStates,whereRavistillworksasasoftwareconsultant,owninghisowncompanyinNewYorkCity.WhenDharunandhisfamilyfirstarrivedintheUnitedStates,theyresidedinWoodbridge.Whenhisyoungerbrotherwasborn,theymovedtoPlainsborowhereDharunhadliveduntildepartingtopursuehiscollegedegree.Hemaintaineda3.0GPAInhighschool,yetachievedanearperfectscoreonhisSATs.Inaddition,hewasenrolledinanumberofAdvancedPlacement(AP)classesinhighschool.Hisfirstthreeyearsinhighschool,hedidthehighjumpandthetriplejumponthehighschooltrackteam,letteringallthreeyears.Duringhissenioryear,hebecamedeeplycommittedtotheclubsportofUltimateFrisbee,leavinghimnotimeforthetrackteam.DharunexcelledatUltimateFrisbeeandwasoneofthecaptainsofhisteam.Hisresponsibilityinvolvedorganizingallgamesaswellastournamentappearances.AccordingtoDharun,thiswasnotavarsitysport;rather,eachstudentparticipatinghadtopayforhisownequipment,helparrangetheschedulesandpayforentryfeesandtravelexpensestotournaments.Theywerehowever,permittedtoparticipateonbehalfoftheWest-Windsor-plainsboroKnights.TheWWPKnightsfoundteamsuccessinUltimateFrisbee,astheywererankedtopteninthecountyandmadeittotheEasternChampionships.Individually,Dharunwasregardedasanexcellentplayer,receivingmanyrecognitionawardsandbeinginvitedtotheYouthNationalswhichpairedteamscomposedofthebestplayersfromtheTri-Statearea,againsteachother.
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Afterhighschool,DharunbeganattendingRutgers.Hewaslookingforwardtopursuingadegreeineconomicsandthenseekingpost-graduatestudiesandenteringthebusinessorlegalworld.Aswasevidencedduringthetrial,Dharunhasquiteadvancedcomputerskills.HecreatedaprogramnamedJarvis,whichfunctionsasapersonalsecretary.WhileresidingatRutgers,Jarviswouldalerthimtohisupcomingclassesoreventsandevenadvisehimwheretheclosestbusstopwasandwhenthe'buswasscheduledtoarrive.Althoughhehasafascinationandapassionforcomputers,Dharunspecificallysoughtadegreeineconomicsashebelieveditwouldgivehimbroaderopportunitiesupongraduatingfromauniversity.AfterwithdrawingfromRutgers,DharuncontinuedtopursuehiseducationbytakingonlinefinanceandeconomicsclassesthroughHarvard.Notonlyhashebeenseekingtofurtherhiseducation,butDharunhasbegunworkonawebsitefocusedonfashionwithaformerclassmatewhonowattendsColumbiaUniversity.Immediatelyuponarrest,Dharunbecamethefaceofcyberbullyingandhomophobiainthemedia.Hewasaneighteenyearoldcollegefreshman.Asaneighteenyearold,hecommunicatedwithfriends,acquaintancesandeveryoneelsebytexting,tweeting,andthroughemailsandFacebook.Admittedly,someofthecommentshewouldexpresssoundmeanorevenoff-color,especiallywhentakenoutofcontext,butnotonepersoneverperceivedorthoughtofDharunRaviasahatemonger.Asaneighteenyearoldwhohasbecomethesubjectofscholarlyarticles
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televisionspecialsandcountlessnewspaperandmagazinearticles,hewithdrewfromhisfriendsandanyonewhowantedtokeepincontactwithhim.Healsoreceivedanumberofthreateningandnegativevoicemailsandemailsfromsomepeoplewhohethoughtwerehisfriendsandclassmates.
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oneandone-halfyearslater,thefriendshesofrequentlycommunicatedwithandhung-outwithareagainbecomingapartofhislife.Manyofthemsubmittedcharacterletters.ThesearemostinsightfulintothepersonthatDharunis,ratherthanallthemediareportsgeneratedsinceSeptemberof2010andtheuninformedcommentsofcelebritieslikeEllenDeGeneresand
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