Posted - 10/10/2011 02:34pm
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Judge Does Not Drop Dharun Ravi's Charges in Tyler Clementi Case
Middlesex County Superior Court Judge, Glenn Berman ruled that he will not dismiss the criminal charges against Dharun Ravi.
Ravi faces fifteen charges in relation to the suicide death of Tyler Clementi. Both young men were students at Rutgers University last year when a sexually explicit video of Clementi and another man was streamed live on the internet from Ravi's computer. Ravi's attorney filed legal papers to have the charges against him, including tampering with evidence and witness tampering, dropped. Declaring that the whole thing was an accident, Ravi explained to his attorney that when he realized what was being recorded between Clementi and the other man that he immediately turned the camera off. He went on to further explain that he had initially only turned the camera on to avoid his iPad being stolen. A key element in getting the charges against Ravi dropped, involved information regarding Clementi's state of mind before his death. That information was not presented to the grand jury that indicted Ravi. His charges also include bias intimidation, which can be considered a hate crime, which in New Jersey can carry a prison sentence of up to ten years.