Jury Seated in Clementi Trial

A 16-member jury was selected today, with opening statements expected tomorrow (Friday) in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is accused of spying on a Ridgewood teen at Rutgers days before the teen committed suicide.

A jury has been selected in the trial of a 19-year-old Rutgers student charged with spying on his roommate days before the roommate committed suicide, according to NJ.com.

Opening statements in the trial of Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, are expected to begin Friday. The 15-count indictment charges Ravi with invasion of privacy, hindering apprehension and bias intimidation. The bias charges--two second-degree and two third-degree--are consider the most serious. The second-degree offense carries a prison sentence of five to 10 years, if convicted, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors say Ravi set up a webcam and secretly watched his roommate,  Tyler Clementi, 18, of Ridgewood, "in an intimate encounter with another man" and then attempted to do so again two days later, according to NorthJersey.com. Clementi learned of the spying and committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge a few days later.

The 16-member jury--eight men and eight women--was selected over a four-day period, according to various press reports. Four alternates will be chosen from among the 16 before they start deliberating.

Joe R February 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Ravi is presumed to be innocent, he should not be tried and lynched in the media. Some of the media reporting on the case has been sloppy and incorrect creating hysteria against Ravi. This past Friday ABC network news reported that it was a "sex video that went viral on the Internet". This isn't true at all. WABC-770 local news did air a few seconds of the defense attorney's opening remarks, where he correctly stated that the video was a live network feed from one PC to another and was never recorded nor broadcast on the web. Misreporting it as a viral Internet sex-video is damaging to the public's perception of the case. I was misinformed as well until I did a little more reading. It's way too early for the general public to pass judgment on Ravi. Let's leave it to the courts and our judicial system.
Leslie Bianczik February 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You're taking quite a jump there, assuming that the video led to the suicide. Everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that just before Tyler left for college his parents (particularly mom) just about disowned him. That may have had a little something to do with the suicide.
Winston February 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
This is a joke...if this was a similar issue concerning a straight person this would never be happening. More proof of how these special interest groups demand and recieve special treatment.
Truthteller February 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I do not know if he is guilty but from what is written here it seems his lawyer admitted that he set up a camera and observed an intimate encounter between two people in a private setting without their knowledge. That is a crime. "Invasion of Privacy" which carries a sentence of up to 5 years. The fact that he only saw 5 seconds of the encounter or that it was not broadcast is not relevant. It may not be bias and you can't conclude that his actions caused the young man to kill himself. If he did secretly watch or attempt to watch an intimate encounter without the participants knowledge you can conclude several things about him and none are good.. He is innocent until proven guiltty but if he is guilty there needs to be punishment you can't let this go as a prank. He is an adult and should have known better. Cut him some slack because of his age and immaturity possibly but let him off without punishment no way.
Joe R February 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
@Les: You need to look at my revised later comments. In any case, your remark is irrelevant because Ravi is not being charged with causing the suicide. He is not being charged with the suicide directly or even indirectly. I'm not assuming anything at this point, as more information comes out about the case. It's even too early to pass negative judgments on the Clementi family. Let's not lynch the Clementis either, let's not make ASSUMPTIONS about them. I do admit that I was misinformed by the early incorrect reports about this case, I misspoke in that earlier comment. Mea culpa.


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