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Hate Crime Conviction for Tyler Clementi's Roommate Overturned

By Ben Fractenberg | September 9, 2016 2:13pm

MANHATTAN — The conviction of a Rutgers University student found guilty of spying on his gay roommate, leading to him jumping off the George Washington Bridge, was thrown out by a New Jersey appeals court Friday, according to court records.

Dharun Ravi was found guilty in 2012 of live-streaming a sexual encounter his freshman-year roommate, Tyler Clementi, had with another man. Clementi committed suicide several days later.

Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison but was sentenced to probation and 30 days in jail after being found guilty on 15 counts, including bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence and witnesses.

The appeals court found that the bias conviction should be overturned after a 2015 decision deeming the law unconstitutional, according to court documents.