Jury Convicts Ex-Rutgers Student of Bias Crime in Webcam Spying Case


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Goober
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Jury Convicts Ex-Rutgers Student of Bias Crime in Webcam Spying Case

Dharun Ravi, Tyler Clementi's Roommate, Convicted of Bias Crime | NewsFeed | TIME.com (external - login to view)

Dharun Ravi: Student who video-taped roommate Tyler Clementi's homosexual tryst and broadcast it found guilty of 'bias intimidation' | News | National Post

A jury convicted a former Rutgers University student on most counts after using a webcam to spy on a roommate as he shared an intimate moment with a male acquaintance, which is said to have later drove him to suicide. The verdict came after three days of deliberations.

Prosecutors in Middlesex County, N.J. accused Dharun Ravi, 20, of viewing Tyler Clementi, 18, in an encounter with another man with a remote webcam and trying it again two days later. They said Ravi targeted Clementi because he was gay and tweeted what he saw to friends, who he invited to watch a second time in an attempt to humiliate Clementi. Three days after the webcam incident, Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

(MORE: Former Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Indicted in Tyler Clementi Suicide)

Ravi had been charged with 15 counts of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence, The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. He is not directly charged in Clementi’s death, but with the conviction, he faces 10 years in prison, and possible deportment to his native India.

However, Ravi’s lawyers had argued during the trial that he wasn’t prepared for what he saw on the camera and that his intent was not malicious. “Why we’re here is because on Sept. 19, and Sept. 21, 2010, an 18-year-old boy…had an experience, had an encounter that he wasn’t ready for,” defense attorney Steven Altman told the jury.

But prosecutors presented 20 witnesses over the course of the four-week trial, including the man Ravi caught Clementi kissing on the webcam. They said he set up the webcam in their dorm room and angled it to see what Clementi and the unidentified man were doing. He then tweeted to his followers and texted friends that he “saw his roommate making out with a dude.” After the suicides, Ravi deleted the text messages

The case became high profile after a rash of suicides of other gay teens who had been bullied or targeted. It also shed further light on cyberbullying and whether Ravi and his friends meant to intimidate Clementi because of his sexual orientation through technology like webcams. The Star-Ledger said Ravi showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Ravi was convicted of most of the counts against him including invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence, witness tampering, and hindering apprehension or prosecution. However, he was acquitted of several counts of invasion of privacy.

Ravi is expected to face sentencing on May 21.
 
wulfie68
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This young man's actions led to his roommate's death. That is simple unconscionable. What the hell did he think would happen when he spied/tweeted/etc? This guy deserves a long time away from the public to reflect on that...
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by wulfie68View Post

This young man's actions led to his roommate's death. That is simple unconscionable. What the hell did he think would happen when he spied/tweeted/etc? This guy deserves a long time away from the public to reflect on that...

And hopefully deported.
 
taxslave
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This is what happens in a repressive society. In a normal world no one would care if the guy was gay or not since about 10% of the population is.
 
shadowshiv
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Looks like he wishes he had taken the plea deal now!
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

This is what happens in a repressive society. In a normal world no one would care if the guy was gay or not since about 10% of the population is.

That's the reason it's so important to keep talking about 'gay rights' in our society. The funny thing is, they aren't 'gay rights' they're just the same rights we all enjoy. But without keeping the discussion alive, crap like this happens. Targeting a gay man because it's 'a joke'.

It feels like such an uphill battle sometimes.

Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

Looks like he wishes he had taken the plea deal now!

I have no sympathy for this kid. What he did was cruel.
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

That's the reason it's so important to keep talking about 'gay rights' in our society. The funny thing is, they aren't 'gay rights' they're just the same rights we all enjoy. But without keeping the discussion alive, crap like this happens. Targeting a gay man because it's 'a joke'.

It feels like such an uphill battle sometimes.



I have no sympathy for this kid. What he did was cruel.

I don't have any sympathy for him either. Directly or not, he caused the suicide of the young man, and he should pay the price of that. I also think that bullies in school should be held responsible if their victim commits suicide. I don't care the age of the bully, bullying needs to be stopped!
 
Colpy
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

This is what happens in a repressive society. In a normal world no one would care if the guy was gay or not since about 10% of the population is.


Actually, I think the 10% number is vastly exaggerated............So Much for 10% Gay: New Statistics Show Homosexual Couples Represent only 0.6% of Couples in Canada (external - login to view)

But no matter.

Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshivView Post

Looks like he wishes he had taken the plea deal now!

Yeah. I think a couple of years in jail, followed by deportation is the answer.
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Actually, I think the 10% number is vastly exaggerated............So Much for 10% Gay: New Statistics Show Homosexual Couples Represent only 0.6% of Couples in Canada (external - login to view)

But no matter.



Yeah. I think a couple of years in jail, followed by deportation is the answer.

Being in the States, he could actually get the jail time. I honestly believe if this had happened in Canada he would probably be looking at probation and, at most, deportation.
 
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