Friday, February 24, 2012
Today, the case of Tyler Clementi begins with a look into Dharun Ravi's character. First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure started off with the reasons why Ravi did this:
“These acts were purposeful, intentional and planned,” said First Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure. “They were meant to expose Tyler (Clementi) and his sexual orientation and encourage others to participate in those invasions of privacy.”Really? Ravi tried to cover up his involvement of Tyler's suicide, by erasing emails, texts and tweets. Then, telling friends what to say to the cops. Ravi faces 15-count indictment with charges including invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and tampering with evidence.
But Ravi’s attorney, Steven Altman, said that wasn’t the case during opening statements to the jury. Ravi’s actions may have been stupid but they were not criminal and he isn’t anti-gay, Altman said.
“You’re going to see he’s not prejudiced, he’s not a bigot and he never did anything that suggested he targeted his roommate for any reasons,” Altman said of Ravi. “He never spoke negatively about his roommate. He thought he was a nice guy.”
The case is scheduled for at least 4 weeks.