NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A former Rutgers student who was convicted of hate crimes for using a webcam to see a snippet of his roommate kissing another man is asking a judge to overturn the jury’s verdict.
Lawyers for 20-year-old Dharun Ravi spelled out their position in a court filing Tuesday, saying the jury got it wrong.
In an interview with New Jersey’s Star-Ledger newspaper in March, Ravi emphatically said that “I didn’t act out of hate and I wasn’t uncomfortable with Tyler being gay.”
Jurors found Ravi guilty of all 15 counts associated with using his webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi in September 2010. Clementi killed himself days later and his death brought more attention to cyberbullying and the treatment of young gays.
After Ravi’s conviction, Clementi’s family issued a statement that said in part they believe the jury “reached the correct verdict.”
“I have said all along that we were looking for justice and accountability,” Clementi’s father, Joseph Clementi said in the statement. “I trusted the courts and the State of New Jersey to get this right…and they did.”
Ravi could face 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.
Ravi’s lawyer is asking for a judge to acquit him or at least grant a new trial.
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