Jurors continue deliberation of 15 charges against Dharun Ravi


Jury deliberations continued for a second day in the case of Dharun Ravi, a former University student who allegedly spied on his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi.

The jury, consisting of seven women and five men, must deliberate on 35 questions related to 15 counts, including charges of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation.

The jury did not ask any new questions. More than 40 members of the media who sat outside in the hallways and lobby of the second floor of the Middlesex County Courthouse were left to speculate.

Ravi sat outside the courtroom with his attorneys Philip Nettl and Steve Altman as they waited for the verdict.

In two separate incidents during September 2010, Ravi used a webcam that automatically accepted phone calls to spy on Clementi and another male, known as M.B., in Room 30 of Davidson Hall C on Busch campus.

Clementi, 18, jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010 — shortly after the alleged spying incidents.

The trial, which began on Feb. 24, is continuing into its third week.

The Charges

Ravi is being charged with 15 counts including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, tampering and hindering of evidence and tampering with a witness between Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, 2010. Of these 15 counts, some have subsections.

The jury must decide on 35 questions relating to the 15 counts unanimously before announcing a verdict.

On Count 1, the jury must decide if the defendant is guilty of privacy invasion against both Clementi and M.B. If they find Ravi guilty of privacy invasion, they are to move on to Count 2. If they do not find him guilty of invading privacy, jurors are asked to move on to Count 3, according to the juror’s verdict sheet.

This count stems from the night of Sept. 19, 2010, when Ravi allegedly viewed Clementi and M.B. “making out” on his friend Molly Wei’s computer.

On Count 2 for bias intimidation, the jury must decide if the defendant committed the offense of invasion of privacy to intimidate Clementi or M.B. because of their sexual orientation; if he committed the offense knowing the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Clementi or M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation; or if he committed the offense under the circumstance that caused Clementi to be intimidated.

On Count 3, for the invasion of privacy relating to the night of Sept. 21, 2010, the jury must find the defendant guilty or innocent for invading the privacy of Clementi and M.B.

If they find Ravi guilty, they must proceed to Count 4, according to the verdict sheet. If not guilty, jurors are instructed to skip proceed to Count 5.

On Count 4 for bias intimidation, the jury must decide upon five questions, including whether Ravi is guilty of committing the offense of invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi or M.B. because of their sexual orientation; if he committed the offense knowing the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Clementi or M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation; or if he committed the offense under the circumstance that caused Clementi to be intimidated.

On Count 5 on the attempted invasion of privacy, the jury must decide if Ravi is guilty for attempting to invade Clementi and M.B.’s privacy. If guilty, jurors are asked to proceed to Count 6. If not guilty, they will proceed to Count 7.

On Count 6, jury must decide if Ravi attempted to commit the offense of invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi or M.B. because of their sexual orientation; if he committed the offense knowing the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Clementi or M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation; or if he committed the offense under the circumstance that caused Clementi to be intimidated.

On Count 7, the jury must decide if Ravi attempted to invade the privacy of Clementi and M.B. If he is found guilty, jurors are asked to proceed to Count 8. If Ravi is found innocent, jurors will proceed to Count 9.

On Count 8 of bias intimidation, the jury must decide if the attempted invasion of privacy on Sept. 21, 2010 was attempted to commit the offense of invasion of privacy with the purpose to intimidate Clementi or M.B. because of their sexual orientation; if he committed the offense knowing the conduct constituting invasion of privacy would cause Clementi or M.B. to be intimidated because of sexual orientation; or if he committed the offense under the circumstance that caused Clementi to be intimidated.

On Counts 9 and 10, the jury must decide if Ravi tampered with physical evidence.

On Counts 11, 12 and 13, the jury is to decide whether Ravi is guilty of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

On Count 14, jury must determine if Ravi is guilty of witness tampering. This count refers to Ravi telling Wei to erase incriminating text messages on Sept. 23, 2010. There is also a belief that the defendant caused a witness to testify incorrectly, Judge Glenn Berman said.

On Count 15, Ravi is charged with tampering with physical evidence. Ravi allegedly created an article or substance knowing it to be false and misled a public official knowing it was false. This article refers to tweet Ravi issued on Sept. 23, 2010 where he blames his tweet from the previous night on a draft that accidently got published on his Twitter page.

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