Key Court Date This Week in Rutgers Spy Case

Roommate's lawyer says charges should be dropped

Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:50 AM EDT
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Dharun Ravi, 19, who is accused of secretly recording and playing the sexual tryst online of a Rutgers University roommate who later committed suicide pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges in the case.

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The former Rutgers University student charged with spying and bias intimidation after his roommate killed himself last fall is due in court Friday 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.                
 

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