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Rutgers Trial: Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Rutgers Trial: Tyler Clementi Bullying Trial, Dharun Ravi, charged with using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate during a sexual encounter in their Rutgers dorm room, is a man without hate, his lawyer argued Tuesday.

Defense attorney Steven Altman presented the defense summation of the trial that has become a national symbol of the type of extreme bullying that gay-rights advocates say hmosxls sometimes face. The prosecution is scheduled to summarize its arguments later in the day, and the case could go to jury deliberation by Wednesday.

Ravi did not hate his roommate, Tyler Clementi, nor did he hate gays, Altman told the jury. “If there’s hate in Dharun’s heart, if there’s ugliness in Dharun’s heart,” he said. “Where’s there some information and some evidence to support it?”

The question of hate is a key issue that the jury will ponder. If convicted of the hate-crime counts, Ravi could face up to 10 years in prison.

He faces a variety of charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in connection with using a webcam to spy on Clementi during a private encounter. Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010.

Ravi is not charged in connection with Clementi’s death, just in relation to the events preceding it.

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