UPDATE: Garden State Equality statement.
Among the guilty verdicts returned today against Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student and roommate of Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death a few days after learning Ravi was spying on his private sexual encounters with another man in the dorm room he shared with Ravi:
GUILTY: Bias intimidation against Tyler Clementi
GUILTY: Invasion of privacy against Tyler Clementi
GUILTY: Invasion of privacy against M.B. (the other man)
GUILTY: Witness tampering
GUILTY: Evidence tampering
Star-Ledger details all counts here. (h/t dennismcgrath)
After 12 hours of deliberation over almost 3 days, the jury and 3 alternates (who did not participate in deliberations) have returned their verdicts. The trial played out over almost two weeks, with more than 30 witnesses, including dorm mates of both Ravi and Clementi, and Molly Wei, who viewed the webcam spying of Tyler Clementi’s private moments in his dorm room along with the “other man” whose identity is still being protected and is known only as M.B.. Ravi was also convicted of invading M.B.’s privacy along with Clementi, as both of them were glimpsed on Ravi’s webcam in moments meant to be private, but viewed in another room in the dorm.
The jury judged Ravi guilty of 23 of the 35 counts against him, fifteen of which are felonies.
The trial stretched over 13 days including opening and closing statements, with more than 30 witnesses and 100 pieces of evidence.
Dharun Ravi may be facing deportation, following these felony convictions, back to India where he was born and is a citizen. He has been living legally in this country since age 3 (he is 20). Any deportation decision would have to be made by a federal immigration judge. Last year, prosecutors offered Ravi a plea bargain that called for no prison time – and help avoiding deportation. He and his legal team decided against this route, preferring to face the charges.