A New Jersey appeals court is hearing arguments in the case of a former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on a roommate who later committed suicide.

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Dharun Ravi was convicted in 2012 of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and other crimes. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. His attorney argued Wednesday to have the conviction dismissed.

Ravi secretly broadcast images online of roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man. Clementi later jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Ravi wasn't present at Wednesday's arguments in Newark. Clementi's parents and brother attended the proceeding.

The state has appealed Ravi's sentence as being too lenient. He had faced up to 10 years in prison.

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