NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The former Rutgers University student charged with spying and bias intimidation after his roommate killed himself last fall is due in court today for a hearing on some key legal issues in his case.
A national conversation about how young gays are treated was sparked last year after 18-year-old Tyler Clementi committed suicide.
Authorities said he killed himself in September after roommate Dharun Ravi tried to use a webcam to spy on Clementi’s encounter with another man.
Ravi’s lawyers say the charges should be dropped, in part because a grand jury wasn’t given evidence that may have made Ravi look less culpable. They also want prosecutors to reveal the identity of the man with whom Clementi had the encounter.
Both issues are to be discussed at a hearing.