The jury as returned a mixed verdict, some guilty, some not guilty in the 15 charges New Jersey Rutgers University Dharun Ravi faced over the fallout from his spying on his college roomate. Later the roommate killed himself, in what became case national of intense national interest. He appears to be facing some serious consequences though.
An ex-Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate was convicted of invasion of privacy but cleared of some of the more serious charges of bias intimidation Friday.The AP is reporting he faces 10 years in prison on the most serious convictions. He is also at risk for deportation to India, where he was born, sources are reporting.
Dharun Ravi, 20, was stoic as the jury rendered its mixed verdict in New Jersey’s Middlesex Country Superior Court after deliberating since Wednesday.
Ravi was accused of 15 counts after using a webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi’s dorm-room tryst with another man in 2010.
Clementi, 18, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge three days after the spying incident.
The defendant, from Plainsboro, N.J., was also found guilty of witness and evidence tampering and hindering apprehension.
He remains free on bail until sentencing. The judge confirmed he surrendered his passport at the bail hearing, added he did not mean to imply anything by the question.
Update: Adam B wisely counsels folks to read the New Yorker's comprehensive article on this case. It is a tragedy for all involved, and the New Yorker adds a lot of smart reporting (much has been misreported in the popular press) and context that people would do well to read it before commenting on this case.
Update 2: Scottie Thomaston will be providing breaking updates as this story develops.