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Alternate Juror Disagrees With Ravi Verdict

An alternate juror in the trial of a former Rutgers University student convicted in a webcam spying episode that ended in his gay roommate’s suicide says he disagrees with the verdict.

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(L-R) Lead prosecution attorney Julia McClure and Middlesex County District Attorney Bruce Kaplan with the Clementi family (seated) following verdict. (WNBC)

James Downey tells The Record newspaper that he would not have voted to convict Dharun Ravi on any charges related to allegations that his actions were motivated by anti-gay bias.

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Downey said he was “kind of up in the air” on the other charges in the case.

As an alternate, the Woodbridge Township resident heard all the testimony but did not participate in deliberations.

The jury, which returned its verdict Friday, was unanimous in finding Ravi guilty of all 15 charges against him, including invasion of privacy and anti-gay intimidation.

Ravi’s lawyers have vowed to appeal.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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