After Dharun Ravi announced he would not be testifying in his own defense, his attorneys rested their case this afternoon, which means closing arguments will begin tomorrow. Ravi stands accused of secretly filming his roommate, Tyler Clementi, kissing another male student in the days before Clementi committed suicide in September 2010.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ravi declined to take the stand, telling the judge, “It’s my decision, yes,” after the final defense witness finished testifying. If found guilty, Ravi—who is charged with 15 counts of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and witness and evidence tampering—could face 10 years in prison.
Most of the nine witnesses the defense called up were family friends who said they’d never heard Ravi say anything homophobic—mainly because the topic never came up. The prosecution, meanwhile, has done a fairly good job of shredding Ravi’s claim he never intended to screen Clementi’s assignation for an audience and that his activity “was simply childish behavior by an immature first-year college student, but not criminal,” according to the Tribune.
What say you, Queerty jury? Should Ravi do hard time for spying on Clementi—or is this a case of society just looking for someone to blame for an unfathomable tragedy?