Clementi Family: Jury Got It Right
The parents of a teenager who killed himself after his Rutgers roommate used a webcam to view his liaison with another man says the jury got it right.
A Middlesex County jury last week found Dharun Ravi guilty on all 15 charges he faced, including bias intimidation, a hate crime.
Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the spying.
In a written statement, Tyler Clementi’s father, Joseph Clementi, says the jury got it right. He says the defense’s account of Ravi’s actions, including the assertion that Ravi wasn’t trying to intimidate his son, was “simply not believable.”
The family didn’t say what punishment would be appropriate. Ravi could face 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on May 21.
Mystery man in Rutgers case wants prison for Ravi
The man who was spied on during intimate encounters with a Rutgers freshman who later committed suicide wants the former student convicted in the case to go to prison.
The man has been identified only as M.B. He will draft a statement his lawyer will read when Dharun Ravi is sentenced May 21.
Lawyer Richard Pompelio tells The Record newspaper that his client believes Ravi deserves time behind bars because that’s what the law provides.
Ravi faces up to 10 years after jurors convicted the 20-year-old of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime. Tyler Clementi threw himself off a bridge after realizing his encounter with M.B. had been watched via webcam.
Pompelio says his 32-year-old client doesn’t hold any malice toward Ravi. But the lawyer believes his client has learned there was a degree of “meanness” in what happened.
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