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Dharun Ravi Defense Team Wants Hate Crime Convictions Dismissed

Dharun Ravi's defense attorneys filed a motion yesterday to have his hate crime convictions dismissed, saying there is not enough evidence, the Star-Ledger reports:

D_raviThe 33-page brief filed in Superior Court in New Brunswick contends evidence presented at trial showed Ravi was not guilty of invading the privacy or intimidating his roommate, Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide in September 2010 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge soon after discovering the webcam incident. Ravi was not charged in Clementi’s death.

On the bias intimidation counts — Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced May 21 — the attorneys contend the law was misapplied. On some of those counts, the jury acquitted Ravi of intending to intimidate Clementi and the other man, but convicted him on grounds Clementi felt intimidated and felt Ravi’s actions were purposeful.

"There has been no evidence of bias nor evidence of intimidation," wrote the lawyers, Steven Altman and Philip Nettl, who represented Ravi at trial. Neither was there evidence Clementi felt intimidated, they wrote. "A person cannot be intimidated under the statute unless they were the recipient of intimidating behavior ... Here there was none."

Dharun Ravi defense team seeks to have hate crime convictions dismissed [star-ledger]

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  1. “...evidence presented at trial showed Ravi was not guilty of invading the privacy or intimidating his roommate...”

    Um, what part of secretly filming someone in their room and then posting it for all the world to see NOT invasion of privacy and intimidation?

    Posted by: ichabod | May 2, 2012 12:31:31 PM


  2. “...evidence presented at trial showed Ravi was not guilty of invading the privacy or intimidating his roommate...”

    Um, what part of secretly filming someone in their room and then posting it for all the world to see NOT invasion of privacy and intimidation?

    Posted by: ichabod | May 2, 2012 12:31:51 PM


  3. Nice try. But it doesn't matter if there's no evidence that Clementi actually felt intimidated, nor does it matter whether Ravi intended for Clementi to feel intimidated. The standard is whether a person, ANY person, would REASONABLY feel intimidated by Ravi's actions. So enjoy your time in prison, punk. And try not to feel too intimidated in your new, um, situation, dearie.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 2, 2012 1:08:24 PM


  4. He commited a hate crime that ended in a man's death, and he doesn't see what is right in him loseing a meager 10 years of his life? This thing has no soul to save.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 2, 2012 1:11:23 PM


  5. He posted video once and then planned to film again according to his own deleted Twitter posts. Sorry, Ravi, but that is a preponderance of evidence, and you and your defense team are the only ones who want to believe the law is misapplied.
    I hope he can turn himself around and take some responsibility some day. He won't transform his life into something better unless he does. Think of what a powerful message he could send if he dedicated his life to being an advocate of tolerance.

    Posted by: Davis | May 2, 2012 1:25:08 PM


  6. This ain't gonna work. Guess we'll soon be seeing Ravi all over the media whining & crying bout him being the real victim. Yawn. Chris Cuomo should interview him again. I'll just watch on mute & pop a boner lookin' at Chris. I'd luv to see Ravi get some nice jail time.

    Posted by: Swine | May 2, 2012 2:34:56 PM


  7. What is this, the Inept Defense Team Motion for Dismissal? Bull to the Sh*t!

    If the jury found that there was enough "evidence" to decide as they did, that's the end of it. What ridiculousness. Kind of attempts to mock our entire trial process. Prison and then deportation...time to grow up, son.

    Posted by: jim | May 2, 2012 3:56:47 PM


  8. Ravi murdered Tyler, just as if he'd held a gun to his head.

    Posted by: Molc | May 2, 2012 4:07:37 PM


  9. Well, they aren't wasting time. The have a strong case on several grounds, but I'm surprised by the timing. Bias intimidation requires a direct threat or a whole environment of implicit threats. It comes down to the tweets Ravi made.

    Posted by: anon | May 2, 2012 6:28:26 PM


  10. Where does it say I can't hate and pass judgement on whom I want? Are we still free under the 1st admendment? ravi didn't tape for the world to see that is what the media stated. If your gay that is your choice do not ask me to accept it, and don't have gay sex in my dorm room. I fully support Dharun ravi's right to be uncomfortable with Tyler Clementi and I don't believe he was the driving factor in his suicide..no one incident can make you kill yourself if you weren't already visiting that idea.

    Posted by: louise pelosi | May 2, 2012 8:40:40 PM


  11. To Molc....with a stupid comment like the one posted, you should think about reading the constitution and less about Tyler Clementi!!

    Posted by: louise pelosi | May 2, 2012 8:43:32 PM


  12. Ravi is being used as a scapegoat by the gay community. He certainly did not "hate" gay people and there's no way you can prove that he did. The bias intimidation charge is based on a Thought Crime which cannot be proved to the beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt standard. Nobody that knew him well testified that Dharun hated gay people, and his actions did not explicitly prove that he hated them either. Dharun seems to have a pretty inept defense team though... they could have done a much better job with the publicity, but maybe they're just no match for the experience of gay rights' lobbyists...

    Posted by: NerdyDude1325 | May 2, 2012 9:02:29 PM


  13. I believe the jury already decided this, no? That's the risk you take going to a jury trial and Dharun lost. Too bad, so sad.

    It almost strengthens the case that he's a pompous a** completely unaware of his impact on others.

    Posted by: Parkersback | May 2, 2012 11:23:56 PM


  14. @Louise Pelosi: GFY. Repeatedly.

    Evidently, you don't understand how 1A works. Not surprising.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 3, 2012 1:40:37 AM


  15. It blows my mind that they are still saying there was no intimidation at all, on purpose or not..not sure if it's this kid who is an idiot or his parents/legal team...Ravi needs to take full responsibility, apologize, do his time and get some therapy.

    Posted by: James | May 3, 2012 10:16:00 AM


  16. Ravi didn't kill Tyler, Tyler's mother and father did. They did something to weaken him as he was growing up. Tyler was messed up long before he even met Ravi. Ravi did a stupid childish thing, but he is not a killer.

    Posted by: rbockman | May 5, 2012 2:26:50 PM


  17. "Keep the gays away." -Dharun Ravi

    Posted by: Joe | May 5, 2012 5:55:43 PM


  18. "Keep the gays away." -Dharun Ravi Yeah

    so what?? I feel the same...and there isn't a damn thing you can do. Fight as you may, you can make people accept your lifestyle!!

    Posted by: louise | Jun 3, 2012 11:22:16 AM


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