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.
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Ravi talked to police the day after his Rutgers roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.
A detective testified Tuesday that a Rutgers University student saved screenshots of his roommate’s Twitter postings that said he was seen on a video chat “making out with a dude” and “daring” others to watch.
A high school friend of Dharun Ravi told prosecutors Ravi tweeted about setting up the webcam inside the dorm room he shared with 18-year-old Tyler Clementi.
The man seen on a webcam having an intimate encounter with a former Rutgers student who committed suicide days later is testifying today in the trial of Dharun Ravi.
The other man, who has only been identified as M.B., has tried desperately to keep his identity a secret in the case against Dharun Ravi.
Resident advisor Raahi Grover said Wednesday that Tyler Clementi seemed uncomfortable when he came to see him about something that happened hours before.