Dharun Ravi Found Guilty of Major Counts in Tyler Clementi Case: VIDEO


After 12 hours of deliberation, the jury in the Dharun Ravi case today returned a verdict, and Ravi has been found guilty on a number of major counts including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy that could land him in prison for 10 years.

Watch a video of the verdict, AFTER THE JUMP...

The jury found that Ravi was motivated by anti-gay bias when he used a webcam to spy on his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man in their dorm room, and broadcast it to other students. Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge a short time thereafter.

ClementiThe Star-Ledger has a DETAILED LIST of all the counts and the verdicts on each.

North Jersey reports:

Ravi, 20, of Plainsboro, was convicted of the most serious counts of bias intimidation, which means he faces certain jail time – between five and 10 years - when sentenced by Superior Court Glenn Berman. As a native of India, he also could be deported...Of the 35 separate charges on 15 counts, 24 came in guilty, with 11 not guilty. Most of the not guilty verdicts applied to Clementi’s companion, identified only as M.B.

It was the first time in the state that bias intimidation charges linked to invasion of privacy were brought against a defendant and could have a future impact on the way young adults interact online and how schools police internet use, legal experts have said.

They add:

The panel of seven women and five men were convinced by First Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor Julia McClure’s assertion that Ravi invaded the privacy of Clementi and his male companion, identified only as M.B., with the intent to intimidate Clementi because he was gay.

In doing so, they rejected Attorney Steven Altman’s defense that Ravi was acting like a typical 18-year-old “kid” and didn’t know how to deal with seeing two men kissing. Ravi had also told investigators that he used the webcam because he was worried that an older, shabby looking M.B. would steal his iPad.

Ravi's sentencing is May 21.

Watch a video of the verdict, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. and the appeal process/calls for a re trial begin in 3,2,1.........

    Posted by: aj | Mar 16, 2012 12:05:37 PM

  2. No, only the invasion of privacy charge.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 16, 2012 12:07:30 PM

  3. or worse a mistrial, this case dragged on far longer then some murder cases, and i do hope that the judge, Prosecutor and everyone involved dotted their I's and crossed their T's so as to make any "mistrial" unnecessary.

    Posted by: aj | Mar 16, 2012 12:07:42 PM

  4. Good.
    Every single 'progressive' defence of this man I've read over the last days has made me ill.
    He's a monster who caused a young man to kill himself.
    No excuses. Gay and transgender victims of crime deserve justice every bit as much as do heterosexual and cis-gendered people.

    Posted by: enough already | Mar 16, 2012 12:09:41 PM

  5. Good.

    But, he's a murderer and he's getting away that.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 16, 2012 12:13:20 PM

  6. He was found NOT GUILTY of bias intimidation.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 16, 2012 12:17:20 PM

  7. Applause to this jury - they did the right thing.

    Posted by: Davelandia | Mar 16, 2012 12:18:11 PM

  8. i think it is sad...obviously this guy used bad judgement, but it seems the University should also be held accountable, since Tyler Clementi asked to be reassigned.

    Posted by: tommyboy10T | Mar 16, 2012 12:19:03 PM

  9. Essentially, reading the results, he was guilty of invasion of privacy as a bias crime and of various post hoc offenses like witness tampering and hindering of prosecution (these are charges that are thrown in by prosecutors when they think their case is fairly weak).

    This is slightly more than I thought he'd get (the bias crime issue was weak). He might appeal based on precedent on other roommate cases on the invasion of privacy charge. If the conviction stands then a lot of people with home surveillance devices will be in a lot of legal hot water.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 16, 2012 12:19:07 PM

  10. He was found guilty on some of the bias intimidation charges and aquitted on others. Its a little confusing. CNN needs to clarify their reports, which were the first ones I read.

    Posted by: KP | Mar 16, 2012 12:20:42 PM

  11. How wonderful to live in a country where you need a lawyer just to explain the results of a trial.

    Posted by: matt | Mar 16, 2012 12:22:32 PM

  12. Convicted felon who could have plea-bargained his way to community service. Stupid and arrogant as well? Deport him.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 16, 2012 12:27:30 PM

  13. Basically when it came to the charges, the ones involving Tyler, Ravi was found guilty of, the charges that were in regards to m.c. He was acquitted of ( the majority that is) he was convicted of some of the bias charges but not all. He was convicted of about two-thirds of that charges.

    Posted by: Scott mcg | Mar 16, 2012 12:29:40 PM

  14. Let's be clear here. Ravi did NOT cause Clementi's death. Ravi's action may have been the "straw the broke the camel's back," but they were not the cause of his suicide.

    What Ravi did was wrong. And he should be punished for his actions. However, it is ridiculous to assert that he was responsible for Clementi's death. If we're going to point fingers for Clementi's death, I would like to look at our political and religious leaders who spend their lives condemning gay people and arguing that they have no future. That constant message has tragically taken its toll on many gay teens. Further, I would like to examine the support of his parents and whether they understood his obvious depression and reacted appropriately (this is their job as parents!). Clementi was clearly depressed and needed support, regardless of his roommate situation.

    Clementi's death is a tragedy. But let's not assume that the cause is as simple as Ravi's bullying.

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 16, 2012 12:34:25 PM

  15. Convicted felon who could have plea-bargained his way to community service. Stupid and arrogant as well? Deport him.

    Posted by: Michael

    Michael is a racist swine. He grew up in this country and all his family lives here. He has no roots in India. Tell me again why "liberals" are considered more immigrant-friendly.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 16, 2012 12:35:26 PM

  16. @Michael.. yeah that's what's so ashame about this is his plea deal was pretty fair.. he had a bad lawyer and now he's f--ked.

    Posted by: MKe | Mar 16, 2012 12:39:20 PM

  17. Such sloppy reporting all over on this. Thanks for getting it right Andy! Major news networks have really messed their reports up.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 16, 2012 12:40:58 PM

  18. I'm pretty surprised and very pleased with the verdict. Yep, guilty of bias intimidation on some elements of some counts, and acquitted on others. From a quick read, it seems they found Ravi was not purposefully intimidating Clementi because he was gay (which I agree with), but - importantly - that Clementi reasonably believed he was being intimidated by Ravi because he was gay (which I didn't think of). Seems to me the jury got that exactly right.

    I'll grant the defense one thing: Ravi's likely just a stupid punk who didn't think through his obnoxious and despicable prank. But the law makes clear that's not an all-compassing excuse. It's not enough that you didn't mean to gay-bully your roommate. Take it to the next step, and realize your roommate would easily perceive it that way.

    Perhaps if your moron moves resulted only in a few troubled dreams by your victim, this all could have blown away. But this was one of those times you pushed your victim over the edge, and now he's dead. Enjoy your time in prison and your trip back to India.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 16, 2012 12:44:28 PM

  19. @AG: I have no opinion about Michael, but the quoted article does clearly state that Dharun Ravi is a native of India.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 16, 2012 12:46:48 PM

  20. Can we just deport the defense attorney?

    Posted by: Owen Marshall | Mar 16, 2012 12:47:40 PM

  21. To those who are saying Ravi didn't cause Clementi to kill himself... Would Clementi have jumped off the bridge if Ravi didn't broadcast the encounter?

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 16, 2012 12:51:57 PM

  22. Would Clementi have jumped off the bridge if Ravi didn't broadcast the encounter?

    We don't have the slightest idea. Neither do you.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 16, 2012 12:55:41 PM

  23. The description of Tyler's 'companion' is 'older, scruffy, shabby', homeless looking, is this a true and accurate description? Regarding the age part, this guy is something like 30? It would be interesting if he came forward and actually spoke. This Ravi sounds like a complete ahole and snob, who drove a BMW in H.S. and looked down his nose at anybody he perceived 'poor'. Sorry if I offend anyone, but he sounds like a typical Indian from my experience. Very snobby, class conscious people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 16, 2012 12:59:04 PM

  24. This kid's behavior was immature and irresponsible, but the charges and the potential sentence hardly fit the crime. Way too excessive. Seems to me this guy has become a scapegoat because our society doesn't want to own up to our collective responsibility for Tyler's death. Now, another young life is all but lost.

    Posted by: Justin | Mar 16, 2012 12:59:07 PM

  25. We'll never know whether Ravi's actions are what precipitated Tyler's suicide, but they did find that Tyler accessed Ravi's Twitter feed 38 TIMES before he killed himself. That certainly tells you something.

    Posted by: Larry | Mar 16, 2012 1:00:35 PM

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