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Lawmakers Unsure Higher Ed Merger Needs Their OK

A legislative panel hearing testimony on a proposal to reorganize New Jersey's higher education system isn't sure the merger plan requires their approval.

NJ Tops Nation for Ethics: Report

New Jersey has done the best job of any state in the nation in enacting anti-corruption laws designed to insure both transparency and public accountability, according to a study done by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity.

Days After Verdict, Rutgers Students Weigh In

Rutgers University students returning from spring break Sunday had mixed reactions to the conviction of former student Dharun Ravi, who was found guilty last week of invasion of privacy and bias intimidating for using a webcam to spy on his roommate who committed suicide days later. He now faces up ...

Rutgers Students Return with Ravi Case Decided

As spring break ends, students will return to Rutgers University on Sunday — two days after a verdict in the trial of Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student who was accused of spying on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi's sexual encounter. Ravi was found guilty on all 15 criminal charges, ...

Payne Jr. to Seek Father's Congressional Seat

Donald Payne Jr. has decided to seek his late father's congressional seat representing the 10th District.

“I don’t think the question is, ‘Why should they do it to Ravi?’ I think the more appropriate question is ‘Why aren’t they doing it more often in instances where the victim doesn’t take his own life?’”
— Louis Raveson, a professor of criminal law at Rutgers School of Law on Webcam Case Conviction Game Changer for Hate Crime Prosecution


"It's home life to us; especially New Jersey and Milltown, we never thought to leave, even to another town. It's a very small town, but like a big family; very supportive."


Ex-Rutgers Student Convicted of Invasion of Privacy, Bias Intimidation

A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide.


Webcam Spying Case Triggers Questions Over Effectiveness of Hate Crime Laws

The trial of Dharun Ravi and why he used a webcam to spy on his gay roommate has generated headlines and raised questions about the line between obnoxiousness and criminal behavior. It’s also brought to the forefront the issue of hate crime statues, and whether they are an effective way ...

NJ Legislature Passes Anti-Road Rage Bill

Legislation to toughen road rage penalties has unanimously passed both chambers of New Jersey's Legislature and now heads to Gov. Christie for consideration.

No Verdict Yet in Rutgers Webcam Spy Trial

Jurors did not reach a verdict Thursday and will continue deliberations Friday in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who killed himself days later.

It's not to excuse or justify it, but it's not that unusual for young people who are in a mixed environment, who are straight-identified, to think that gay or queer sex is funny or something that should be a spectacle.
— Soniya Munshi, an LGBT activist who worked at a domestic violence organization in New Jersey on Criminal or Cultural: South Asian Gay Community Weighs in on Dharun Ravi


First Day of Deliberations Ends in Rutgers Webcam Spying Case

The jury in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate ended its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Clinton Among Mourners Remembering NJ Congressman Payne

Former colleagues, including President Bill Clinton, are remembering a pioneering New Jersey congressman who died last week of colon cancer.

EPA Eyes Superfund Status for the Oranges

The EPA is proposing adding the Orange Valley Regional Ground Water site in Orange and West Orange, New Jersey, to the Superfund National Priorities List of the nation's most hazardous waste sites.

Hundreds Accompany Casket of Late NJ Congressman

Hundreds of Newark residents have accompanied the casket of Congressman Donald Payne to the city church where he will be eulogized.

Jury to Get Case in Rutgers Webcam Spying Trial

Jurors will begin deliberations Wednesday in the case of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man.

Follow New Jersey Public Radio managing editor @NancySolomon2 for the latest from inside the courtroom.

Closings Tuesday in Rutgers Webcam Spying Trial

Jurors might see for the second time a video of a statement to police from a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man.

Thousands Expected at Viewings for Late NJ Congressman

Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the public viewings for a longtime lawmaker Donald Payne Sr., the first black congressional member from New Jersey, who died last week.

NJ Voters Face 3 Different Tax Cut Plans

Last month, Gov. Chris Christie was criticized by Democrats for his 10 percent income tax cut proposal. Now, Democrats are weighing in with tax cut proposals of their own.