Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
The defense presented its first day of testimony in the trial of the Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate intimate encounter with another man never expressed anti-gay views to him.
The first series of witnesses were friends of defendant Dharun Ravi’s family, all men about the age of his father who testified they never heard Ravi say anything derogatory about homosexuality.
Sandeep Sharma was called Friday as the first defense witness in the trial of Ravi after 10 days of testimony from prosecution witnesses.
Ravi is charged with 15 criminal counts including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after the alleged spying in September 2010.
Sharma is president of R-Squared, the information technology company where Ravi's father is chairman.
But on cross examination, each witness was asked whether they ever discussed homosexuality with Ravi, and none had. The prosecutor also noted they didn’t visit Ravi’s Facebook page, Twitter page and didn't engage in any instant message chats with him.
Much of the evidence presented in nine days of testimony focused on tweets, texts and instant message chats with his friends.