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Jury Selection Continues In Rutgers Webcam Case

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Dharun Ravi walks into the Middlesex County Courthouse for a hearing in the webcam-spying case involving the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, Monday, May 23, 2011 in New Brunswick, N.J. (credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

Dharun Ravi walks into the Middlesex County Courthouse for a hearing in the webcam-spying case involving the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, Monday, May 23, 2011 in New Brunswick, N.J. (credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The pool of prospective jurors for the trial of Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student charged with a hate crime, has been cut.

About 200 prospective jurors were brought to the Middlesex County Courthouse last week to fill out questionnaires.

Judge Glenn Berman said about 82 of them were dismissed Tuesday because of views expressed in the survey.

Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, have an intimate encounter with another man back in 2010. Days later, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

The 19-year-old faces 15 charges including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution. The bias intimidation charge is considered a hate crime and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Ravi has pleaded not guilty and rejected a plea bargain offer that would have avoided any jail time.

Jurors will be brought back Wednesday for deeper questioning.

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