Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the invasion of privacy in a highly publicized case where he video taped Tyler Clementi, a gay student at Rutgers making out with another student and shared it amongst his dorm. The Judge in this case actually acted responsibly and saved this…
Interesting angle on it.
There is a profound tension between the idea that people want a problem to end, and the idea that we can’t fix problems by hammering down with the maximum force available. In particular, thought usually cannot be a crime, and what the effect is of new laws on society where thoughts matter more than actions has yet to be seen.
I do feel that dead is dead, and someone killed for their money is not less of a tragedy than someone killed due to their racial, religious, or sexual orientation. But I also recognize that on a political level, people make different levels of noise, so the result can be uneven laws.