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Conviction overturned for Rutgers student Dharun Ravi in bullying case, which led to gay roommate’s suicide

September 10, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Conviction overturned for Rutgers student Dharun Ravi in bullying case, which led to gay roommate’s suicide

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Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers University student who has a 15-count conviction against him after he spied on his roommate and found him kissing another man, which ultimately lead to the roommate’s suicide, was thrown out by an appeals court in New Jersey on Friday.

Lawyers for Dharun Ravi said  their client will face a new trial with only some of the original charges.

In 2010, he was assigned to share a dorm with Tyler Clementi, 18, at Rutgers.

Ravi secretly distributed online photos of Clementi in an intimate rendezvous with another man, and Clementi, who was a freshman in his first semester at Rutgers, later leaped off of the George Washington Bridge.

Ravi was found guilty of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, and other offenses.

Tyler Clementi committed suicide after Ravi’s mortifying invasions of privacy in 2010. (-)

Tyler Clementi committed suicide after Ravi’s mortifying invasions of privacy in 2010. (-)

However, the court dropped multiple bias intimidation charges against him due to a change in New Jersey state law.

According to the New York Daily News, the judges in the case ruled that the additional charges necessitated a new trial.

Ravi faced up to 10 years behind bars but was issued probation with 30 days in jail.

Prosecutors were seeking a stricter sentence, citing that the sentencing judge violated his authority by imposing a lenient punishment.

Now that a new trial has been requested, the prosecution’s sentencing case has been thrown out.

Clementi’s parents have established a foundation that seeks to bring awareness to bullying and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender matters.

Tyler’s 2010 suicide ignited a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people.

Jane Clementi, his mother, earlier this year said the country had made great strides since his suicide.

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