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Judge Issues Ruling in Rutgers Webcam Spying Case

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A judge says the former Rutgers student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man should be given the man’s name.

But the judge also ruled Thursday that the name of the man, identified in court papers as “M.B.,” may not be disseminated to anyone besides defendant Dharun Ravi, his lawyer and his lawyer’s investigator.

Ravi faces charges including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.

The 19-year-old’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after the alleged spying, sparking a national discussion about bullying of young gays.

In court papers, M.B. said he has “continuous and overwhelming” fears of having his privacy invaded if his name is disclosed.

A prosecutor says she may appeal Thursday’s ruling.

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