Tyler Clementi Case: Dharun Ravi Found Guilty of Hate Crimes, Invasion of Privacy

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A New Brunswick, N.J., jury has found Dharun Ravi guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes stemming from the tragic suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi.

Ravi, his roommate, also faces deportation to India.

Jurors also found Ravi guilty Friday of two charges of bias intimidation, tampering with physical evidence, tampering with a witness and hindering apprehension.

Ravi and Clementi

Ravi, 20, faced a 15-count indictment, and he sat emotionless as a judge read the jury's mixed verdict. As the verdict was read, Clementi's parents wept in court.

Ravi will be sentenced on May 21, and he can remain free until then, although starting March 30, he must check in with the court every two weeks until sentencing.

The now infamous case can be tracad back to September 20, 2010, Ravi set up a live webcam in their dorm room and filmed Clementi kissing another man.

Dharun Ravi later Tweeted about what he'd seen and invited others to watch Tyler Clementi with the man, whose name has never been revealed publicly.

Clementi, 18, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge two days later after leaving a note on Facebook that read, "Jumping off the gw bridge. Sorry."

Prosecutors say Ravi was motivated by a hatred of gays.

Molly Wei, another student who was with Ravi while spying on Clementi and whose laptop was used to watch the intimate encounter, was shown leniency.

For her participation in the events, she must perform 300 hours of community service, undergo counseling or training in cyberbullying and work full time.

Clementi's suicide became a national story and an issue that caused many to speak out for human rights, including Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga.

It also helped inspire the widely-popular "It Gets Better" Campaign, aimed at ending teen bullying and preventing suicide among LGBT youth.


the ravi kid deserves to go to jail. he is too stupid to be among normal citizens.


Real smooth with the racist comments. Ignorant much? India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And they have the a large number of scientists, doctors and business men who are considered future leaders in their respective fields. If you actually listen to the news and brush up on your general knowledge you would know these things. And FYI i am not indian and therefore you cannot say that my comment is biased.


Tragic story for sure. Should never have happened. The perpetrator's ethnicity is immaterial. A crime is a crime.


Are you really kidding me with your racist comment?? Everyone is an immigrant including a white person. So are you saying germans should go back to germany, irish should go back to ireland, etc. Just because one person committed a crime does not mean everyone in that race is the same way. You must not be educated!


yea have u been to the doctors lately cuz most are indian!


Indian should stay in India...they are not smart enough for U.S.A.

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