Sentencing day is tomorrow for the former Rutgers student convicted of spying on his gay roommate. Dharun Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison.
Friends and supporters of Ravi said Rutgers University should have handled the case and that the 20-year-old shouldn’t have been tried using the bias statute, which they argue is confusing.
Lawyers for 20-year-old Dharun Ravi spelled out their position in a court filing Tuesday, saying the jury got it wrong.
The man who had intimate encounters with Rutgers student Tyler Clementi will draft an impact statement that his lawyer plans to read when Dharun Ravi is sentenced on May 21.
Dharun Ravi told the Star-Ledger he was just leery of a stranger in his dorm room, saying “I thought it was something sinister” and that maybe Tyler Clementi “got mixed up with the wrong guy.”
As an alternate, James Downey heard all the testimony but did not participate in deliberations.
In a split verdict, Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate who later committed suicide, has been found guilty of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.
Judge Glenn Berman said that jurors would return at 9 a.m. Friday.
The case of Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s encounter with another man, is now in the hands of the jury.
The defendant at the center of a case which has captivated much of the Tri-State area was apparently extremely bored by his own trial.
Ravi is charged with bias intimidation as a hate crime, invasion of privacy and hindering apprehension. However, he is not being charged in connection with the death of Clementi.
Dharun Ravi appeared calm and confident, even flashing a smile, as his lawyer informed the judge of his decision Monday as he rested his case.
Sandeep Sharma, the first defense witness of the day, said he has never seen Dharun Ravi say anything derogatory to homosexuals.
Lawyers for Dharun Ravi are expected to present an investigator and several character witnesses starting Friday.
A state panel ruled it didn’t provide funding for school districts to implement the required changes. The revised proposal allows districts to be reimbursed for money they spend on anti-bullying training and staff.