Bob Schalk quoted in the Long Island Press
Dharun Ravi Verdict: Reactions, Ramifications to Outcome of Rutgers Suicide Trial
By Michael Patrick Nelson on March 16th, 2012
Found guilty on 15 counts of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, Dharun Ravi could face a decade in prison, according to some estimates, or be deported to his native India. But whatever his sentence may be, it won’t come till May 21. For now, the verdict against Ravi will be analyzed by members of the legal and GLBT communities—as its ramifications could be vast.
“I’m not surprised with regard to the verdict,” says Robert Schalk, criminal defense attorney with Mineola’s Collins, McDonald, and Gann, and a former prosecutor. “We live in a society where everyone is recording something—technology has taken over our lives. You can’t go anywhere without a cellphone, a computer, an iPad, and everyone’s recording everything. However, a lot of times when people are doing these recordings, they may be committing a crime.”