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Tyler Clementi Trial Begins, Jury Selection Underway

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After over a year since Tyler Clementi tragically jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge, his Rutgers University roommate Dahrun Ravi, who many blame for the suicide since he filmed the gay teen being intimate with another man in their room via webcam, will finally stand trial for multiple counts of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering prosecution and bias intimidation, and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted!

The jury selection is set to begin today in New Brunswick, NJ, and the trial is expected to be broadcast live across the country, with the exception of Clementi's lover, only known to the public as M.B., being filmed during this testimony, as to protect his identity. His full name does appear on the questionnaire presented to the potential jurors, but they are forbidden to release that information.

However, despite the attention this story has received in the media, former New Jersey prosecutor Robert Honecker says that the actually case will be difficult to rule on, and explains:

"Pressure from gay rights groups, and global media attention made this case one that had to be prosecuted. Yet the charges themselves are very difficult to prove. This story has all the levels necessary to cause a media storm — young college students from a big university, bias intimidation, … pressure from advocacy groups, and family members saying he was just an innocent foolish kid."

We just sincerely hope that the jury will try to ignore the press surrounding this tragedy, and make their decisions based on the validity of the arguments heard in the courtroom in an objective and fair fashion.

May Tyler R.I.P.

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7 comments to “Tyler Clementi Trial Begins, Jury Selection Underway”



  1. 1

    It's tragic he'll never see your Boy Band.



  2. 2

    blame for suicide???
    what kind of society do we live in when we can always blame our problems on someone else!!
    i agree this person should be tried for invasion of privacy and wutnot, and pay a fine
    but 10 years??
    suicide is a choice and tyler chose that. no one else if it was, it would be called murder

  3. buck says – reply to this


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    Awe, poor guy. He was either 'born that way' and therefore genetiically inferior or he made a choice to be gay exposing a mental illness. Therapy probably could have prevented his suicide but for the gay community its better to sweep it under the rug and not offer the help these kids so desperately need



  4. 4

    Okay, yea, it's sad that the bullying led to suicide, but seriously….he doesn't deserve ten years. He's in college, something like that happens so many times. If he wasn't gay, you wouldn't give a fuck Mario. Let's say he had sex with a girl and exposed him…and Tyler committed suicide from the embarrassment, it would have a lot less press. But because he is gay, everything is much worse. People need to chill. Shit like this happens all the time in college, yea he should be punished, but ten years is not fucking what he deserves.



  5. 5

    good send that asshole to jail..kill all the disrespectful haters we have to many in this world..str8 or not..And this wasnt highschool this was college so im sure the kid who filmed him isnt going to change anytime soon..well now he might..



  6. 6

    I do have empathy for the lose of life for this young man an the lose to his family an friends.
    However the reality of suicide impacts so many in an out of the gay community. Gay teens do have a high rate of suicides but so do Native Americans, am not trying to take away from this story in any way. When i here stories like these I always wonder what if any support system these individuals had an were they depressed or mentally unstable. Regardless the tough part to stories like these are that the perpetrators of the crimes are victims themselves , know one wants to hear that but they are.



  7. 7

    blame for suicide???
    what kind of society do we live in when we can always blame our problems on someone else!!
    i agree this person should be tried for invasion of privacy and wutnot, and pay a fine
    but 10 years??
    suicide is a choice and tyler chose that. no one else if it was, it would be called murder - HAWTSTUFF…

    Exactly right…suicide is the fault of the suicider, no one else…period.