The two teens who broadcast Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi's makeout session with another student have come up with a legal loophole that might save them from criminal punishment. Clementi wasn't out to anyone and later jumped off the George Washington Bridge after the two dorm-mates outed him to the campus.
According to their lawyers, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, the Rutgers first-years accused of webcam-spying on Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi days before Clementi's suicide, didn't see Clementi having sex--and therefore, the attorneys say, the charges won't hold up.
...Wei's lawyer thinks that the charge of invasion of privacy based on seeing Clementi engaged in sexual contact won't hold up because there was no "sexual contact"--just making out: "The statute defining sexual contact refers to nudity and private parts, and, to my knowledge, nothing like that was seen."
Ah, well. Suddenly it's all okay, isn't it? I'm sure they're fine upstanding kids who are just misunderstood. Consequences? Isn't another dead gay teen consequences enough? Why should they have to, oh, I don't know, take responsibility for their actions? I mean, surely if they didn't get to see the poor kid choking down a boner, it must be perfectly reasonable to broadcast him on the internet and tell the entire dorm about it.
Bah. This just makes me want to spit.