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.
With the Associated Press