Dharun Ravi Rejects Plea Deal In Rutgers Spycam Case; February Trial Date Set

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man has rejected a plea deal .

Dharun Ravi would’ve spent more than five years in prison under the deal.

Ravi faces 15 charges, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy, for the September 2010 incident. Those charges could land Ravi in prison for 10 years, if convicted.

Ravi’s roommate Tyler Clementi killed himself days after learning his encounter with another man, identified in court papers as “M.B.,” was broadcast on the web.

The judge ruled that the M.B.’s real name may be given to the defense, but may not be disseminated to anyone besides defendant Dharun Ravi, his lawyer and his lawyer’s investigator.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Judge’s Order

Ravi’s defense lawyer wanted the roommate’s name divulged. A judge last month ruled that it should be, but delayed the deadline after a lawyer spoke up for the man, identified only in court papers as M.B.

In court papers, the man pleads for privacy, saying he has “continuous and overwhelming” fears of having his privacy invaded if his name is disclosed.

A prosecutor says she may appeal Thursday’s ruling.

Should the intimate roommate’s identity be revealed? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Meme Meyagi

    this case is a good example of how homosexuals ruin the society. not only did the homosexual kill himself, but he also ruined lives of at least 2 other people.

  • gotacomment

    The egotistical little spoiled brat twerp still thinks he didn’t do anything wrong. His little gal pal already turned on him to save her own skin, making her a feeble reed at best. His attempts to wiggle out of this are pathetic King Yule, the problem would seem to be no one likes you, whatever your sexual orientation may be.

  • Linda

    MB deserves privacy. Ravi should pay big time for the invasion.

  • LG

    Not guilty on all charges is my opinion. The other guy was selfish for putting his parents through all of this.

  • Richard Long

    Not that this loser cares, but haven’t enough lives been ruined? Let “M.B.” have the privacy he’s entitled to and leave the poor guy alone. Exposing him won’t bring Tyler Clementi back, and it won’t change what Dharun Ravi did. It’s time for Ravi to man up, take responsibility for his actions, and take his punishment. If he can commit the offense, he can accept the consequences.

  • su

    This case is just another example of insanity running rampant in the justice system. Killing yourself is a crime! Tyler Clementi is the criminal and certainly just plain stupid. If he wanted privacy he should have gone to a motel or home to his parents. Dharun Ravi is a pervert & a pornographer, but he didn’t kill anyone.

    • D

      You are a moron…

      • King Yule

        Shut up!! NO one likes gay people!

        • jtorres

          No, YOU don’t like gay people. I wish you had some skeleton in your closet exposed for all the world to see. Then again, maybe you do. You know what they say about homophobes–they’re full of self-loathing because of their own homoerotic urges and only pretend to hate homosexual people to cover up. Maybe your secret IS “in the closet”

  • The Throggs Neck Kid

    It’s too bad that Dharun Ravi has to pay the price of 5-10 yrs in prison for
    Tyler Clementi’s actions. I’ve said before that Tyler was very unstable, and if he didn’t jump off the GWB now, he would’ve done it a year from now. But Dharun was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Tyler’s life, and that happens.

    • Tommy

      Could you possibly be any more stupid?

      • King Yule

        You’re the moron, Tommy!

  • Dan Te

    Did Tyler had a fallout with M.B. that’s why he commited suicide?

  • wow

    This is such a bully tactic by the defense. Ravi already has one persons blood on his hands, now he wants to ruin another life? I hope this kid is convicted and has to serve SOME time.

    • pb

      Your 100% right
      the criminals have more rights than the victims!

      • pierredefermat

        mb is a material witness and the court can detain him for an indefinite amount of time. his privacy went away when the charges were filed.

        welcome to the usa.

  • Dan Te

    is Ravi gay?

    • Peter

      he looks like it.

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