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Originally posted 06/19/2012 07:00AM
After serving 20 days of his 30-day sentence that began May 31, Dharun Ravi is a free man.
Ravi, the former Rutgers University student found guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy that resulted in the suicide of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, was released Tuesday morning.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Ravi's jail sentence was reduced by 10 days because of good behavior. Reports say he did not speak to reporters after his release but instead climbed into a vehicle and was taken to his parents' home.
Originally posted 05/30/2012 11:15AM
Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student who was found guilty of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy that resulted in the suicide of his roommate, Tyler Clementi, said in a New Jersey state courtroom on Wednesday morning that he is ready to begin his 30-day jail sentence on Thursday, CNN reports.
On Wednesday, Ravi, 20, issued an apology for the first time since the case began, reports the Newark Star-Ledger.
"My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions," he said in the statement, according to the Star-Ledger. "I apologize to everyone affected by those choices."
Originally posted 05/21/2012 12:50PM
Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who in March was found guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes that resulted in the tragic suicide of his roommate Tyler Clementi, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail, as well as 300 hours of community service and counseling. He was also fined $10,000. He will begin his sentence on May 31.
Ravi, 20, did not speak, but inside the packed New Brunswick, N.J., courtroom, his mother, Sabitha Ravi, in tears, pleaded for mercy for her son. "The media was ripping him apart with their misleading facts ... He was absolutely devastated and broken into pieces,” she said, referring to her son as "kind-hearted and loving," reports the Newark Star-Ledger.
Ravi cried as his mother spoke.
Originally posted 03/23/2012 06:30AM
Dharun Ravi blames his immaturity – not a strain of criminal-level hate – for his actions leading up to Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi's suicide.
"I was 18 ... I did do things wrong and I was stupid about a lot of stuff," he tells ABC News, of allegedly using a camera to internet-spy on Clementi kissing a man in their dorm room. "I was a dumb kid not thinking about it."
Ravi, 19, who was found guilty of invasion of privacy and hate crimes, insists he is not homophobic.
Originally posted 03/16/2012 12:15PM
More than a year after the tragic suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, a New Brunswick, N.J., jury has found his roommate Dharun Ravi guilty of invasion of privacy and four charges of bias intimidation. He also faces possible deportation to India.
Jurors also found him guilty on Friday of tampering with physical evidence, tampering with a witness and hindering apprehension.
Ravi, 20, faced a 15-count indictment, and he sat emotionless as Judge Berman read the jury's mixed verdict. After the verdict was read, Clementi's father, Joe, sat with his left arm around his wife and was wiping away tears with a tissue.
Ravi will be sentenced on May 21, and he can remain free until then, though beginning March 30, he must check in with the court every two weeks until his next court date.
Originally posted 12/07/2011 12:30PM
Nearly 15 months after Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, "not a minute goes by that I don’t think about him," his mother, Jane, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview.
"It's especially hard right now because this was his favorite time of year," says Jane, 53, a nurse, of Ridgewood, N.J. "So we're trying to find a new way to celebrate Christmas. I'm sad – and trying to get through it."
His father Joe says when he's thinking of his son, he'll look at a Facebook page in Tyler's honor.
"I'll read a few things until I get choked up – then I'll stop," says Joe, 55, public works director for the borough of Hawthorne, N.J.
Originally posted 10/20/2011 10:40AM
Evidence pertaining to Tyler Clementi's suicide and possible depression is not relevant to the webcam spying case against Dharun Ravi and should not be turned over to Ravi's defense attorney, Middlesex County Judge Glenn Berman ruled Thursday.
"Everything will remain sealed," Judge Berman said. "Nothing in those sealed files, from what I could tell, is in any way relevant to the prosecutorial charges. Virtually everything in there is personal (and) private."
The judge also denied motions filed by the prosecution and an attorney for M.B., the man Clementi was with in his Rutgers University dorm room when Ravi, now 19, allegedly spied on them with his webcam.
Originally posted 09/09/2011 10:00AM
Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman refused to dismiss criminal charges against defendant Dharun Ravi in the Tyler Clementi case on Friday. Ravi stands accused of using a webcam to stream coverage of his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi with another man last September.
Clementi committed suicide last fall following the incident.
"I'm finding there is testimony to support these charges," Judge Berman said during the hearing.
Originally posted 08/29/2011 12:15PM
The text-message apology that Dharun Ravi sent to his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi on the night of Clementi's suicide last fall was a cynical attempt to avoid punishment from the school, prosecutors allege in newly filed court papers.
Ravi, 19, composed the text – which he happened to send 14 minutes after Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22 – after he learned he would be disciplined by Rutgers for using a webcam to film Clementi's romantic encounter with a male friend, prosecutors in Middlesex County, N.J., said.
"This was just one of many attempts by [the] defendant to dilute, cover up and explain, in other words to tamper with the facts and to fabricate evidence that could be looked on as favorable to him," Middlesex County first assistant prosecutor Julia McClure wrote in response to a motion filed by Ravi's attorney to dismiss the charges against him.
Originally posted 08/13/2011 12:00PM
From the very beginning it seems Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi were not a roommate match made in heaven, according to court documents released Thursday.
Having first checked out the other online, Ravi was alarmed when he saw a Facebook profile of someone with Tyler's first name who was "flamboyantly gay," the documents say.
"Upon learning that his roommate was actually Tyler, the defendant commented that his real roommate was 'also gay but regular gay,' " according to a motion to dismiss all charges against Ravi filed Wednesday by his attorney, Steven Altman.
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