Tyler Clementi Dharun Ravi
This case is interesting from a psychological perspective because Mr. Ravi may not have been convicted were it not for Mr. Clementi's Twitter and Facebook feeds. Those feeds documented his mental state and beliefs leading up to his suicide. According to the article, jurors were fairly convinced that Mr. Clementi thought Mr. Ravi was targeting him because of his sexual orientation. If this same case had occurred 10 years ago, prosecutors would have had an extremely difficult time determining what Mr. Clementi had been thinking around the time of his suicide. But, with Twitter and Facebook documenting all of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in an up-to-the-minute kind of way, prosecutors were able to convince the jury fairly quickly that Mr. Ravi was guilty.
New York Times: Jurors Say Digital Evidence Convinced Them Of Dharun Ravi's Guilt
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