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Ex- Rutgers Student Wants Hate Crime Convictions Dismissed

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A former Rutgers University student who was convicted of hate crimes for using a webcam to see a snippet of his roommate kissing another man is asking a judge to overturn the jury's verdict.

Lawyers for 20-year-old Dharun Ravi spelled out their position in a court filing Tuesday, saying the jury got it wrong.

Jurors found Ravi guilty of all 15 counts associated with using his webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi in September 2010. Clementi killed himself days later by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. His death brought attention to cyberbullying and the treatment of young gays.

Ravi could face 10 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

Ravi's lawyers are asking for a judge to acquit him - or at least grant a new trial.

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SKV from NYC

Jury reviewed all the evidence and decided he was guilty of a hate crime. Can't see any reason to revisit that.

He would do better to express some remorse, or at least regret, ahead of sentencing. That's what usually leads to leniency. But he continues to demonstrate that he cares only about himself.

Sentence him, imprison him, and deport him. This is not the kind of citizen we want.

May. 01 2012 04:30 PM

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