Trial Underway in Rutgers Suicide Case

    Former Rutgers University student, Dharun Ravi, waits in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman for his trial  on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 in  New Brunswick, N.J.  Ravi is accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi,  intimate encounter with another man.  Days later  Clementi committed suicide.  Ravi, 19, faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.  (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, John Munson, Pool)

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    Friday was the first day of the trial in the case involving Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student who used a web cam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi while Clementi was intimate with another man. After Clementi found out about the spying and subsequent online broadcast of his sexual encounter, he committed suicide. Ravi faces 10 years in prison for being charged with bias intimidation against Clementi, a hate crime. The trial is said to hinge on whether the prosecution can prove that Ravi was moved to intimidation because of an alleged dislike of gays. The prosecution said in its opening statement that Ravi’s actions “were planned to expose Tyler Clementi’s sexual orientation, and they were planned to expose Tyler Clementi’s private sexual activity.”

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