Lawyer: No Basis For Bias Charge In Rutgers Case

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a Rutgers student accused of webcasting a gay sexual encounter involving his roommate, who later committed suicide, says he is confident his client will not be charged with a bias crime.

Steven Altman represents 18-year-old Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro. Altman issued a statement Wednesday saying he was heartened that investigators are taking their time “to learn all the facts” before deciding whether to file bias charges.

Ravi and another Rutgers freshman, 18-year-old Molly Wei of Princeton, are charged with invasion of privacy.

Ravi’s roommate, 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi, jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said Monday that he wouldn’t rush the investigation. His spokesman said Wednesday there was nothing new to report.

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  • vme

    These two amoral despicable humans deserve nothing. They should be dismissed from Rudgers asap and hopefully their future and their families’ hopes and dreams can be shattered. This is the same university that recently announced the beginning of a “civility” program. Looks like they needed it at Freshman Orientation

  • Gary

    If not Bias than what? It appears as theae two set out to do the act of video taping someone without their permission or they would not of had the camera and certainly it was premeditated. The laws of invasion of privacy do not go far enough to protect the citizens of this country. The intent is very clear and Ibelieve at the very least they were a factor in this young man taking his life. Because of such callous acts this world lost a fine young man. Where is Justice?

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