Appellate court found bias intimidation laws unconstitutional, invalidating Ravi's original convictions.
Ravi subsequently accepted a guilty plea deal from prosecutors, for attempted invasion of privacy. Dharun Ravi was a criminal trial held in Middlesex County, New Jersey Superior Court from February 24, 2012 to March 16, 2012 in which former Rutgers University undergraduate student Dharun Ravi was tried and convicted on 15 counts of crimes involving invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, tampering with evidence, witness tampering, and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
"He [the resident assistant] seemed to take it seriously," Clementi wrote in a post about 15 hours before his jump from the George Washington Bridge.
Five minutes after Clementi posted on Facebook, Ravi sent the first of two final messages to Clementi.
I went to Molly's room and I was showing her how I set up my computer so I can access it from anywhere.
A key aspect of the prosecution's evidence tampering charge was Ravi's deletion of two potentially incriminating postings: one on Twitter on September 19 in which he wrote that his roommate was "making out with a dude.
Ravi was charged with both third- and fourth-degree invasion of privacy.
Bruce Kaplan, the prosecutor in the case, said "now that two individuals have been charged with invasion of privacy, we will be making every effort to assess whether bias played a role in the incident, and, if so, we will bring appropriate charges." The witness tampering charges were based on text messages Ravi sent to Wei, in which he tried to persuade her not to contradict what he had told police.
Before September 17, 2010, Clementi had chatted online with a man whose identity has not been made public.
While Ravi was out for the evening on September 17, the man came to Clementi's dorm room for the first time.
Then Tuesday when you requested the room again I wanted to make sure what happened Sunday wouldn't happen again and not to video chat me from 930 to 12.