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posted Friday, March 23, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 12
Jury finds spying in Rutgers dorm was a hate crime
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Jury finds spying in Rutgers dorm was a hate crime

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was convicted on March 16 on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, 19 year-old Tyler Clementi, having sex with another man. Many believe that Ravi's actions were the cause of Clementi's 2010 suicide.

The verdict could make the case that national hate-crimes laws have broadened, in an era when laws in general have not kept up with evolving technology. Cyberbullying - once seen as an obscure act - has become all too real and can now be used as evidence to convict suspects in hate-crimes cases like this one.

Ravi sent out Twitter and text messages encouraging others to watch the webcam video of Clementi. Three days later, Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge - three weeks into his and Ravi's freshman year in September 2010.

The case set off a national debate over whether hate-crime status is the preeminent way to deal with bullying. After all, other than Clementi, who could really say if Ravi's actions were responsible for his suicide? While Ravi was not charged with his roommate's death, he was punished for a number of other offenses prompting some legal experts to argue that this would result in ruining another young man's life in the wake of the suicide.

Ravi's lawyers argued that the case was criminalizing simple boorish behavior.

Without Clementi present to speak for himself, jurors say they were left to struggle with the verdict.

'That was the hardest because you really can't get into someone's head,' said one, Bruno Ferreira, as he left the court.

According to The New York Times the jury deliberated longest - for well over an hour - on the bias intimidation charge.

Ferreira said he ultimately voted guilty on the bias intimidation charge because Ravi had sent multiple Twitter messages about Clementi.

'They were being done twice, not just one day,' he said.

Another juror, Kashad Leverett, himself a student and a Twitter user, said he could relate to Ravi's constant stream of Twitter and text messages. But the defense's insistence that Ravi had set up the webcam because he was afraid Clementi's visitor would steal something, he said, rang hollow.

'If I knew someone was going to steal something from me, I would definitely take it with me,' Leverett said. 'Just from the fact of the second incident, it seemed that it was intentional.'

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 13 hours over three days after 13 days of testimony.

Bruce J. Kaplan, the prosecutor, commended the jury for sending a stalwart message against bias. 'They felt the pain of Tyler,' he said.

According to The New York Times, 'Mr. Ravi, 20, wearing a dark suit over his slight frame, sat expressionless as the jury forewoman read the verdict on the first count, of invasion of privacy. But he seemed surprised when she pronounced him guilty on the next charge, of bias intimidation. His eyes popped and he quickly turned his head from the jury. As he left the courtroom in a swarm of television cameras, his mother clutching his arm, he looked straight ahead and said nothing.'

The jury also found him guilty of lying to investigators, trying to influence a witness, and tampering with evidence after he tried to cover up Twitter and text messages inviting others to join in the viewing. Some of the charges carry penalties of five to 10 years in prison.

Ravi has surrendered his passport. Prosecutors said he could face possible deportation to his native India, but that decision would be left to immigration officials.

Judge Glenn Berman set sentencing for May 21.

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