Lawyer Asks for Charges to Be Dropped in Rutgers Spy Case

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A lawyer for a former Rutgers student indicted on bias intimidation and other charges after allegedly using a webcam to spy on his roommate who later committed suicide, asked that the charges be dropped.

Lawyer Steven Altman filed papers Wednesday asking that the charges against Dharun Ravi be thrown out. 

He said prosecutors did not give the grand jury any evidence that Ravi saw anything inappropriate or even watched webcam images of roommate Tyler Clementi's encounter with another man.

Ravi of Plainsboro, New Jersey, was indicted on April 20 by a Middlesex County grand jury on charges of bias, invasion of privacy, witness and evidence tampering and other changes linked to the death of Clementi.

Clementi killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after learning that Ravi and another student, Molly Wei, streamed a live video of him on having a sexual encounter with a man.

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Ed from NYC

Clementi was the bigot and made racial remarks. He was an unhappy guy, confused and killed himself for his own reasons. The roommate should be let go with minimal charges. The roommate seems like the more openminded of the two and he made a mistake of judgment to snoop but that's it. He didn't push this kid. The kid seems like he was a mess.

Thankfully we're finally getting the full picture and not the picture of the oh-so-saintly victim of homophobia. This kid was no saint and was a bigot.

Aug. 13 2011 11:43 AM

Ravi already knew at the point the text's were sent that Clementi went to the R.A. and I’m sure he was just trying to cover himself..
and he did try to do it a second time which makes no sense if he was afraid of far as not having a problem with Tyler being gay..Tyler put it best in his post about the incident.. “and so I felt like it was look at what a f** my roomate is” and also “as much as I would love to pour PINK paint over all his stuff that would just let him win”. He says “pink” cause he knows Ravi did it because he was gay. Documents show Tyler's IM with other friends telling them how Ravi would go into the closet to change cause he was scared of Tyler..Ravi is a homophobe grasping at straws..throw the book at him.

Aug. 12 2011 03:29 PM

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