February 24, 2012 |
Opening statements are set for Friday in the trial of former Rutgers University freshman Dharun Ravi, who is charged with using a laptop webcam to secretly view his college roommate in a sexual encounter with another man. Jury selection in the high-profile case was completed Thursday in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. The trial is expected to last up to four weeks. Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, 18, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Sept.
May 25, 2012 |
By Lalita Clozel This week, former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to spy on an intimate encounter between his roommate, Tyler Clementi, and another man shortly before Clementi committed suicide. Prosecutors, gay-rights advocates, and others have argued that the sentence is lenient given the charges. In fact, it's fairly harsh. The Clementi case appears to fit a victim-vs.-bully narrative: A young, gay introvert is rudely exposed by his roommate and then jumps off a bridge.
March 2, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Rutgers University police officer told jurors Thursday that he knocked on the door of a dorm room shortly before 10 p.m. Sept. 22, 2010, for a well-being check on one of the residents, Tyler Clementi. The other freshman who lived in the cramped room answered, the officer testified, and said that when he had last seen Clementi five hours earlier, everything was normal. The jury will likely hear otherwise in coming days in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is accused of using a webcam to spy on Clementi's intimate encounter with a man. Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
March 9, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of a former Rutgers University student, setting the stage for lawyers to begin their defense of the young man accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. Dharun Ravi's lawyers are expected to present an investigator and several character witnesses starting Friday. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Sept.
March 1, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Rutgers University student gave some of the most damaging testimony yet Wednesday in a former classmate's trial for allegedly using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. Lokesh Ojha described helping the defendant, Dharun Ravi, adjust his webcam so he could get a clear view of his roommate's bed. Authorities say that by then, Ravi had already spied on roommate Tyler Clementi once and...
February 28, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A key prosecution witness in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of watching his roommate's intimate encounter via webcam testified Monday that she agreed to keep it a secret because it was shocking to see the images - but that it wasn't under wraps for long. "First of all, it was shocking. It felt wrong. We didn't expect to see that. . . . It was like we shouldn't have seen it," Molly Wei told jurors. "We didn't want people to know what had happened.
June 1, 2012
Dharun Ravi arrives at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department in New Brunswick, N.J., to be fingerprinted and photographed before being driven to the county jail Thursday to serve a 30-day term. The former Rutgers student was convicted in the webcam spying case involving his gay roommate, who later committed suicide.
February 22, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The pool of potential jurors for the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man was whittled down to 85 Tuesday. Twelve jurors plus alternates will sit in the case of Dharun Ravi, who is charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and other crimes against his roommate, Tyler Clementi, who leaped to his death off the George Washington Bridge just days after the encounter.
February 18, 2012
Jury selection has begun in the trial of former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, who is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man. The case gained widespread attention after the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the intimate encounter. Ravi faces 15 charges, including invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution. The most serious charge is bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by 10 years in prison.
May 6, 2012 |
Days after asking to have his conviction overturned, lawyers for the Rutgers University student who spied on his gay roommate kissing a man have asked that he receive probation rather than a jail term. In a 33-page motion loaded with positive personal accounts of Dharun Ravi's character and lack of bias, attorneys urged Judge Glenn Berman to depart from sentencing guidelines that require a jail term for a bias-intimidation conviction. They argued that the judge could apply a legal doctrine known as "the serious injustice standard" to impose a lighter sentence.