Prosecutors Mull Additional Charges In Rutgers Death

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/CBS 2) — While Rutgers students mourn the freshman who committed suicide after his roommate allegedly posted a video of him having sex with another man, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has been looking into whether they could file more charges against the pair accused of spying.

However, the current New Jersey law may not adequately address the tragic circumstances behind Tyler Clementi’s death, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.

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“I’m unaware of any case in New Jersey where the homicide statutes have been used to hold somebody responsible for somebody else who chose to commit suicide,” Middlesex Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said.

Kaplan has already filed invasion of privacy charges against Rutgers students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei.

The state’s Attorney General, Paula Dow, said investigators were exploring adding hate crime charges, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

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“Most importantly, I think we’re looking at examining the facts,” Dow said.

Kaplan said he would rather be “right” than “expedient” when asked whether there would be a specific timeline for bringing additional charges.

Prosecutors say Ravi and Wei used a webcam to broadcast live images of Clementi having the intimate encounter.

Clementi, a promising violinist, jumped off the George Washington Bridge and into the Hudson River.  His body was recovered and identified last week.

Students at the Rutgers Newark campus remembered Clementi Monday with a candlelight vigil.

“To take a step that is that extreme at such a young age, even here with me…I can’t imagine being in that position,” student John Wahlmeir told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

“It’s so sad to see someone have to go through that, someone on our own same level, someone part of our own community,” student Liz Fisher said.

Although the harassment took place on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, students here in Newark felt the need to come together, feeling Clementi’s pain despite not knowing the 18-year old.

“I’m sad at the whole situation, I wish that more students knew who they can turn to,” student Donovan Linder said.

Earlier Monday, Rutgers’ gay community held a closed door forum where inside both gay and straight students discussed tolerance, discrimination, and a long standing bias some say was underscored by what Ravi and Wei are accused of doing.

“We’re the ones that are hurting because other people can’t accept who we are inside,” Justine Powell said.

While some say it’s sad that it took a suicide to bring the community together, they hope this is just the first step towards change along with a greater appreciation of differences.

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  • vicki

    Mean people suck… know who you are. How many people do you need to hurt to feel better about yourselves?

    • DanTe

      In other words, vicki meant: I’m too stupid to be waken up. I’ll continue to make politically correct postings of 18 year olds should be free to break laws until I find out it effects me. BULL.

      And “STFU”, well, the name its V mom V gave it fits well :)

      • Nick

        No, Dan Te. She meant that she is sick of being stupid all the time, but would you please be kind to stupids. Even though the stupids of the world foster the environment necessary for this tragedy to occur.

  • Dan Te

    By the way, I was the first one to post advocating hanging these 2 F’s. And of course, you libturds conveniently forgot your initial stupidity and got on the bandwagon now. Don’t you ever get tired of being stupid all the time?

  • Dan Te

    Stupid libturds here at first piped in that it’s only 18 year olds doing stupid things. It’s ok for them to break the laws. Now they found out they’re anti-libturds and we see how fast the libturds change their mob chants.

    • STFU

      STFU you cretinous turd-sucker.

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