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Tuesday
Jun192012

Former Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Released from Jail

ABC/LOU ROCCO(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was released from jail on Tuesday after serving 20 days of his 30-day sentence for spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi's gay tryst. Clementi committed suicide days later.

Ravi, 20, was let go early from the Middlesex County Jail because he had received a 10-day credit for good behavior.

After his conviction for bias intimidation, Judge Glenn Berman also sentenced Ravi to three years probation, ordered him to complete 300 hours of community service and attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.

Ravi must also pay a $10,000 assessment to the probation department in increments of $300 per month beginning on Aug. 1.  The money will go to groups that support victims of bias crimes.

Ravi, who is not a U.S. citizen, also faced the possibility of being deported, but U.S. immigration officials said this week that they will not pursue deportation for the Indian native.

Prosecutors have been asking an appeals court for a longer sentence while Ravi is appealing his conviction.

"I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi," the judge told the court when Ravi was sentenced.  "He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."

Berman berated Ravi for not apologizing for his actions.

"I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times -- 24 questions, 12 jurors.  That's the multiplication," Berman said.  "I haven't heard you apologize once."

Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to peek at Clementi's date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010.  Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gay.

On May 29, Ravi released an apology and statement to notify Berman that he would begin serving his 30-day sentence.

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010," he wrote.  "My behavior and action, 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."

Clementi's parents slammed Ravi's apology for spying on Clementi's gay date as "no apology at all, but a public relations piece."

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Friday
Jun152012

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi to Get Out of Jail Early

ABC/LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) -- Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi is expected to be released from jail next week after serving 20 days of his 30 day sentence for spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man. Clementi committed suicide days later.

Judge Glenn Berman also sentenced Ravi to three years probation, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.

He must also pay a $10,000 assessment to the probation department in increments of $300 per month beginning Aug. 1. The money will go to groups that support victims of bias crimes. The judge recommended that Ravi, who was born in India and is here on a green card, not be deported.

Neither Ravi's family or the Clementi family could be immediately reached for comment.

Prosecutors are asking an appeals court for a longer sentence while Ravi is appealing his conviction.

"I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi," the judge told the court when Ravi was sentenced. "He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."

Berman berated Ravi for not apologizing for his actions.

"I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times -- 24 questions, 12 jurors. That's the multiplication," Berman said. "I haven't heard you apologize once."

Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to peek at Clementi's date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gay.

On May 29, Ravi released an apology and statement to notify Berman that he would begin serving his 30-day sentecnce.

"I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010," he wrote. "My behavior and action, 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."

When Ravi began serving his jail sentence two days later, Clementi's parents slammed Ravi's apology for spying on Clementi's gay date as "no apology at all, but a public relations piece," in a statement.

"We have respect for Judge Berman and we appreciate the manner in which he presided over the criminal trial of Mr. Ravi. Although we do not question the sincerity of his feelings, and we have never sought harsh punishment, we are troubled by the judge's failure to impose even a short jail sentence on the several charges of criminal invasion of Tyler's privacy and bias crimes."

"As to the so-called 'apology,'" they continued, "it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi's advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology. A sincere apology is personal."

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Thursday
May312012

Tyler Clementi’s Family Slams Ravi, Judge in Rutgers Suicide Case

ABC/LOU ROCCO(MIDDLESEX COUNTY, N.J.) -- The parents of Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers student who killed himself in 2009, slammed Dharun Ravi’s apology for spying on Clementi’s gay date as “no apology at all, but a public relations piece,” in a statement released Thursday.

Ravi released an official apology and statement on Tuesday to notify Judge Glen Berman that he would begin serving his 30-day sentence in jail Thursday for charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. Ravi was found guilty of spying on his roommate Clementi’s sexual tryst with another man, known as “M.B.,” in the first weeks of their freshmen year. Ravi then sent Twitter messages and told friends about the encounter, and was found guilty of encouraging them to watch as Clementi and M.B. had a second date.

Clementi killed himself days later by jumping off of New York’s George Washington Bridge. His parents, who read tearful statements at Ravi’s sentencing earlier this month, said Thursday that Berman did not sentence Ravi harshly enough for the crimes Ravi committed against Clementi.

“We have respect for Judge Berman and we appreciate the manner in which he presided over the criminal trial of Mr. Ravi. Although we do not question the sincerity of his feelings, and we have never sought harsh punishment, we are troubled by the judge’s failure to impose even a short jail sentence on the several charges of criminal invasion of Tyler’s privacy and bias crimes.”

“As to the so-called ‘apology,’” they continued, “it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi’s advisors only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology. A sincere apology is personal.”

Ravi reported to Middlesex County jail in New Jersey Thursday. He will be required to do 300 hours of community service and remain on probation for three years after his jail sentence.

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Tuesday
May292012

Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Apologizes, Heads for Jail Thursday

ABC/LOU ROCCO(MIDDLESEX, N.J.) -- Rutgers student Dharun Ravi released an apologetic letter Tuesday admitting that spying on his roommate’s gay tryst was “insensitive” and “stupid.”

Ravi also said he will surrender and begin his 30-day prison sentence on Thursday, despite an ongoing appeal for a longer prison sentence by the prosecution. Ravi says he hopes to "complete the sentence as soon as possible.  It's the only way I can go on with my life."

Ravi’s attorney, Steven Altman, released a statement from the 21-year-old, who last week was sentenced to the prison term, three years' probation, 300 hours of community service, and a fine of more than $10,000. He was convicted of spying and hate crimes against his former freshmen dorm roommate Tyler Clementi and a man known only as “M.B.” with whom Clementi had sexual encounters in September 2010.

The Middlesex, N.J., jury found Ravi guilty of using a webcam to spy on one sexual encounter and then using social media and conversation to spread the word about Clementi’s sexuality. Clementi killed himself by jumping off New York’s George Washington Bridge just days after he discovered that Ravi had seen him on the date with M.B.

During sentencing, Clementi’s parents read tearful statements condemning Ravi for never having shown “a lack of remorse” for spying on Clementi. Judge Glenn Berman, who oversaw the trial, also scolded Ravi during sentencing.

“I heard this jury say, ‘guilty’ 288 times -- 24 questions, 12 jurors. That’s the multiplication,” Berman said. “I haven’t heard you apologize once.”

In his newly-released statement, however, Ravi claimed that he “accept(s) responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid, and childish choices that I made on Sept. 19, 2010, and Sept. 21, 2010.”

Ravi’s statement did not address the Clementi family. Instead, he states, “I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.”

He also maintained that his actions were not motivated by hate or bigotry.

Calls to the Clementis and M.B. were not immediately returned.

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Monday
May212012

Rutgers Trial: Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

ABC News(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a New Jersey judge Monday for spying on his roommate's gay tryst. Ravi's freshman roommate Tyler Clementi committed suicide days later.

"I do not believe he hated Tyler Clementi," Judge Glenn Berman told the court. "He had no reason to, but I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."

Ravi, 20, must report to Middlesex Adult Correctional Center on May 31 at 9 a.m. for his 30 day jail term. He was also sentenced to three years probation, ordered to complete 300 hours of community service and attend counseling programs for cyber-bullying and alternative lifestyles.

He must also pay a $10,000 assessment to the probation department in increments of $300 per month beginning Aug. 1. The money will go to victims of bias crimes. The judge recommended that Ravi, who was born in India and is here on a green card, not be deported.

"I heard this jury say, 'guilty' 288 times--24 questions, 12 jurors. That's the multiplication," Berman said. "I haven't heard you apologize once."

Berman also berated Ravi by saying that most defendants stand when a judge speaks to them, but told him, "Keep your seat." The judge called Ravi's pre-sentencing letter "unimpressive."

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Ravi, who was expected to make a statement to the packed New Brunswick, N.J. courtroom, declined to speak before the sentence was read.

The prosecution, which sought a significant prison term, indicated it will appeal the judge's sentence.

Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to peek at Clementi's date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gay.

Clementi's family asked the judge Monday to sentence Ravi to prison time.

Clementi's father, Joseph Clementi, told the judge, "One of Tyler's last actions was to check Ravi's Twitter page" and noted that his son checked his roommate's Twitter page 37 times before leaving the Rutgers campus and driving to the George Washington Bridge where he jumped to his death.

Ravi was convicted of a hate crime for using a webcam to spy on Clementi during a sexual liaison with a man identified only as "MB" and announcing what he saw on Twitter. Ravi put out another tweet when he heard Clementi was having a second date with MB.

Joseph Clementi said that Ravi decided his son "wasn't deserving the respect of basic human decency" and "was below him" because Tyler Clementi was gay.

"He did it in a cold calculating manner and then he tried to cover it up," the father, who had to pause to compose himself, said. Clementi's mother Jane Clementi cried in the front row has her husband spoke.

The father accused Ravi of having any "lack of remorse."

Tyler Clementi's mother Jane Clementi recalled the day she helped her "excited" son move into his Rutgers dorm room and the coldness Ravi showed by not getting up from his computer to say hello.

"He never even paused to acknowledge that Tyler was in the room," she said. "He never stopped what he was doing, no greeting, no smile, no recognition, no nothing."

She called Ravi's actions toward her son "arrogant and mean-spirited."

Clementi's brother, James, told the court, "I watched as Dharun slept through court as if it was not worth" paying attention. "I watched Dharun and his lawyers laugh as if it were a private joke."

Earlier a lawyer for MB read a statement asking for prison time for Ravi because, he said, Ravi has not accepted responsibility for his actions.

"He must serve some type of confinement… To this day he appears to blame me for his conduct," citing Ravi's claim that he spied on his roommate because he feared MB would steal his iPad.

MB said he does not believe, however, that Ravi should be deported.

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Monday
May212012

Sentencing Day for Student Convicted of Spying on Tyler Clementi

ABC/LOU ROCCO(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi will be sentenced Monday in a New Jersey courtroom on his conviction for using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi while was he having a gay sexual encounter in September 2010.

Ravi, 20, was convicted last March of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to observe Clementi's date with a man in their dorm room.

Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date and of intimidating Clementi for being gay.

Clementi, who was 18, killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge shortly after learning he had been spied upon. Still, the terse note he left beforehand did not indicate why he committed suicide and Ravi was not charged with his death.

The convictions carry a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison.  And because Ravi is a citizen of India and is in the U.S. on a green card, he could be deported following his sentencing.  The U.S. deports most non-citizens convicted of felonies, with the exception of thefts of amounts under $10,000.

However, most legal experts believe that Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman will not impose the maximum sentence and will allow Ravi to make bail in what is expected to be a lengthy appeals process.

Ravi's lawyers believe that their client should receive no jail time because he is a first-time offender who committed no violent act nor threatened to commit one.

In an interview with ABC's 20/20 following his conviction, Ravi said his "dumb" kid actions did not spur the death of his former roommate Clementi.  Ravi also claimed that he's being made an example of and that the possible punishment he faces doesn't fit the crime.

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Thursday
Mar222012

Dharun Ravi’s First Reaction Was to Blame Self for Roommate’s Suicide

ABC/LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) -- Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, convicted last week of a hate crime for spying on his gay roommate’s date, regrets his  “dumb kid” actions, but told ABC News Wednesday that he takes “comfort” in the belief that his webcam peeking is not the reason Tyler Clementi jumped to his death.

Ravi, 20, of Plainsboro, N.J., spoke about the case just days after a New Jersey jury convicted him of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest for using a webcam to peek at Clementi’s date in their college dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010 and encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010.

Ravi was not charged in connection with Clementi’s death.

“Even though I wasn’t the one who caused him to jump off the bridge, I did do things wrong and I was stupid about a lot of stuff,” Ravi said in an exclusive broadcast interview with “20/20″ co-anchor Chris Cuomo.

Ravi, who was 18 at the time, was initially rattled by Clementi’s death, which the press depicted as the result of cyber bullying.

He asked himself, “Is this because of me?” Ravi told Cuomo.

But Ravi said that what he learned about his freshman roommate during the course of legal proceedings -- including information that hasn’t been made public -- convinced him that the 18-year-old took his life for reasons that didn’t have anything to do with Ravi and his webcam.

“The more and more I found out, it would be kind of obnoxious of me to think that I could have this profound effect on him,” Ravi said.

At another point he added, “After all this time and reading his conversations and how and what he was doing before, I really don’t think he cared at all. I feel like I was an insignificant part to his life. That’s giving me comfort now.”

Ravi also pointed out that Clementi left behind a note, and that its contents have never been made public.

“The fact that we weren’t allowed to read it, that they said it didn’t have anything to do with this, that gave me comfort also because I figured if it has nothing to do with me … it must have been something else that was going on,” he said.

“He didn’t even care about this … He had bigger problems in his life,” he said.

Ravi, alerted by his dorm resident adviser that Clementi was aware of his spying and wanted a room change, sent Clementi a text and an email apologizing. That text was sent about the same time that Clementi jumped off the bridge.

“What is frustrating was I never knew if he got my text or the e-mail that I sent. It  was very frustrating to think I didn’t get a chance to say anything to him. To this day, I just say you know what, I’ll just think he read it and he got it and I’m going to accept that as that’s what happened. … At least he had to hear what I had to say.”

Ravi is scheduled to be sentenced May 21 and could face five to 10 years in prison. As an Indian citizen who is in the U.S. on a green card, Ravi could also face deportation.

Despite the hate crime conviction, Ravi maintains his innocence. He said he never hated Clementi and is not homophobic. That’s why, he said, he turned down prosecutors when they offered a plea deal that included no jail time in exchange for admitting to charges of intimidation against Clementi.

“I had to go up there in front of a judge under oath and say I intimidated Tyler because of sexual orientation -- (to say that) I did this because I had this hate for gay people,” he said. “I don’t hate gay people.”

It is believed Clementi learned about his roommate’s spying over Ravi’s Twitter account, on which Ravi posted messages about the incidents.

The first time, Ravi said, he and a friend watched Clementi and his date kissing for just few seconds from another dorm room before quickly shutting it down. The second time, Ravi said, he planned to let a friend watch the webcam feed, and through a Twitter post he also let other friends know about his plans. But he later decided against it and turned the camera away from Clementi’s bed, he told Cuomo.

During Ravi’s trial, the prosecutor rejected Ravi’s claim to have turned off his computer and turning the webcam away, arguing that it was Clementi who shut it off.

Ravi told Cuomo that his actions were never intended to hurt or shame Clementi and that the Twitter posts were just a way to keep in touch with his own friends and let them know what was going on in his life.

“Looking back, I was very self-absorbed with the whole thing. It was never, ‘What if Tyler finds out, how’s he going to feel about it?’” he said. “…I was 18, I was stupid, I wouldn’t think about my actions beyond a minute into a future. I was a dumb kid not thinking about it.”

Despite media depictions of Clementi and his suicide, Ravi said he believes the teen wasn’t fragile.

“Just because he’s gay doesn’t mean he’s automatically fragile and can’t deal with anything,” he said.

While Ravi believes he should face some punishment, that punishment shouldn’t include jail, he said.

“So much worse happens,” he said. “Kids actually get bullied and actually go through stuff much worse than this. I understand why people  feel the need to punish me. Bad stuff happens and they  need to set an example, but it’s unfortunate this has to be the case where this happens.”

Ravi said he feels he’s been taken advantage of.

“The people that are fighting for gay rights,  they have a just cause. I think this kind of detracts from their cause,” he said. “This is something people can point to and say, ‘You guys are going overboard.’ I think it’s bad for them.”

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Friday
Mar162012

Dharun Ravi Found Guilty in Rutgers Trial

Tyler Clementi's parents during the reading of the verdict. ABC News(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- A New Jersey jury on Friday found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty on all counts for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter in 2010.

Ravi, 20, was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to observe Clementi's date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and of intimidating Clementi for being gay.

Ravi was found not guilty of some sub-parts of the 15 counts of bias intimidation, attempted invasion of privacy and attempted bias intimidation, but needed only to be found guilty of one part of each count to be convicted.

The convictions carry a possible sentence of five to ten years in prison. Because Ravi is a citizen of India and is in the U.S. on a green card, he could be deported following his sentencing. The U.S. deports most non-citizens convicted of felonies, with the exception of thefts of amounts under $10,000.

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Clementi's case gained national attention when he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge Sept. 22, 2010 after Ravi revealed Clementi's sexual encounters. Ravi was not charged in connection with Clementi's death.

Throughout the trial, Middlesex County Prosecutor Julie McClure maintained that Ravi spied on Clementi's date because Clementi was gay, and told his friends and Twitter followers to also spy on Clementi.  McClure described Ravi's actions as an anti-gay hate crime.  She argued that Clementi was clearly made uncomfortable by Ravi's actions, evidenced in Clementi's request for a room change that he submitted to Rutgers on Sept. 21.

Ravi's defense attorney, Steven Altman, dismissed suggestions that his client was anti-gay or targeting Clementi because of his sexuality. He claimed that Ravi was curious and immature, but not malicious, when he decided to activate the webcam on Sept. 19.

"Why we're here is because on Sept. 19, and Sept. 21, 2010, an 18-year-old boy, a kid, a college freshman, had an experience, had an encounter that he wasn't ready for," Altman told the jury, claiming that Ravi reacted "immaturely" to what he saw on the screen.

Altman argued that Ravi only activated the webcam to keep an eye on his belongings while an older "creepy" stranger was in the room, and that Ravi's messages on Twitter and to his friends about the spying were just immature joking.

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Friday
Mar162012

Rutgers Trial Jury Reaches Verdict

ABC NewsUPDATE: A New Jersey jury on Friday found former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi guilty on all counts for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a gay sexual encounter in 2010.

Ravi, 20, was convicted of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest, stemming from his role in activating the webcam to peek at Clementi's date with a man in the dorm room on Sept. 19, 2010. Ravi was also convicted of encouraging others to spy during a second date, on Sept. 21, 2010, and intimidating Clementi for being gay.

Ravi was found not guilty of some subparts of the 15 counts of bias intimidation, attempted invasion of privacy, and attempted bias intimidation, but needed only to be found guilty of one part of each count to be convicted.

The convictions carry a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Because Ravi is a citizen of India, and is in the US on a green card, he could be deported following his sentencing. The US deports most criminals convicted of felonies, with the exception of thefts of amounts under $10,000.

(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- A verdict has been reached in the case of accused Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, accused of spying on his college roommate Tyler Clementi with a webcam during a gay sexual encounter.

Ravi, 20, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges stemming from his alleged use of a webcam to peek at Clementi kissing another man on Sept. 19, 2010.  Prosecutors have alleged that Ravi then encouraged friends and other students to activate the webcam during another date, on Sept. 21, 2010.

Ravi, a citizen of India who was raised in New Jersey, is charged with invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering, and hindering arrest.  He faces the possibility of deportation if convicted of a serious crime.

Clementi's case gained national attention when he committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010.  Ravi is not charged in connection with Clementi's death.

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Thursday
Mar152012

Rutgers Jury Ends First Day of Deliberations Without Verdict

ABC News(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- The jury in the trial of former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi completed its first day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict on charges that he spied on his gay roommate Tyler Clementi.

Ravi, 20, is charged with multiple counts of invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence and bias intimidation -- a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison -- for allegedly using his webcam to spy on Clementi with another man in their shared Rutgers dorm room just weeks into their freshman year.

It's a case that has generated 17 months of intense media attention after Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010.

If convicted of the most serious charges, Ravi, an Indian citizen who grew up in New Jersey, could also be deported.

The jury of seven women and five men asked the judge for guidance on New Jersey's bias intimidation law shortly after beginning deliberations.  The issue of bias intimidation is the most serious charges against Ravi, which is required for a conviction of a hate crime.

The jurors deciding Ravi's fate range from young people in their 20s to grandparents in their 70s.  One is the mother of a 20-year-old who enjoys playing Frisbee, sharing Ravi's age and interest.  One is a freelance writer who is single and without any children, and another young juror said he still plays X-Box games in his free time.

In helping to select the jury for the defense, Joshua Dubin, a nationally renowned lawyer and legal consultant, told ABC News that he hoped the younger jurors can "educate the rest of the jury" about the mechanics of Twitter, Facebook and iChat since several pieces of key evidence involve Ravi's online posts about viewing his roommate on his webcam.

The defense team also sought jurors who would not be afraid of public backlash if they came to a "not guilty" verdict in a case that has captured the nation's attention.  Dubin cited the controversial 2011 Casey Anthony acquittal as a recent example of the pressures a juror might face.

He predicts a verdict from the jury by Friday.

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