NEWS BRIEF A New Jersey appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student whose roommate killed himself after Ravi covertly filmed him kissing another man.
Ravi was convicted in 2012 on 15 counts, including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. A three-judge panel threw those out because of a change in state law made after he was convicted. That change concerned the bias intimidation law, which the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional.
Ravi will get a new trial now, with new charges, which include invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension. The judges wrote they’d overturned Ravi’s conviction because evidence prosecutors had presented the jury tainted their “verdict on the remaining charges, depriving defendant of his constitutional right to a fair trial,” the Associated Press reported.
At the time of his trial, in 2012, Ravi’s case was an example of the type of bullying LGBT people endure, and how social media can invade a person’s privacy and be made public. Ravi was accused of setting up a webcam to spy on his university dorm roommate, Tyler Clementi, filming a few seconds of him kissing another man. Ravi then told others about it in texts and tweets. A few nights later, Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge.