Prosecutor: Student in Webcam Case Deserves Prison
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A former Rutgers University student did not show remorse for using a webcam to spy on his roommate kissing another man and should be sent to prison, prosecutors said in court filings Thursday.
Dharun Ravi was convicted in March of 15 criminal counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.
His roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the webcam viewing, which Ravi told friends about by texts and tweets. Once word spread of what happened, Clementi became seen by some as a symbol of the bullying young gays can face.
The verdict did little to settle the public debate about an emotional case.
Ravi has come to be viewed by some as a victim of overzealous prosecutors.
Since the conviction, a growing number of public figures - including former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, who is gay - has said Ravi should not go to prison for his crimes. A group of his supporters plan to rally Monday at the State House to make their case.
In court filings last week, Ravi’s lawyers asked a judge to overturn the jury’s verdict, or at least to give him probation rather than prison time - in part because a prison sentence could lead to deportation proceedings against Ravi, who is a citizen of India.
But in court filings Thursday, prosecutors said Judge Glenn Berman, who is scheduled to hand down a sentence on May 21, should disregard the defense position, keep the conviction and send Ravi to prison.