Rutgers Webcam Defendant
March 14, 2012 by staff
Rutgers Webcam Defendant, A former U.S. university student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate is a kid, not a criminal, his lawyer said in closing arguments Tuesday.
Steven Altman said the Indian-born Dharun Ravi was surprised to turn on his webcam and see his roommate in an intimate situation with another man. Altman emphasized that there was no recording, no broadcast and no YouTube video of the encounter.
The roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the alleged spying – drawing national attention to the challenges facing young gays and lsbns in society.
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Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious of them.
Altman said Ravi was not acting out of hatred of his roommate or gays in general.
“If there’s hate in Dharun’s heart, if there’s ugliness in Dharun’s heart, where’s there some information and some evidence to support it?” he asked the jurors.
As the prosecution began its closing arguments later in the day, Julia McClure told jurors there’s abundant proof that Ravi had a problem with Clementi being gay, telling friends his roommate was gay almost as soon as he learned who his roommate would be.
Jurors are expected to start deliberating by Wednesday.
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