Jury selection in the trial against Dharun Ravi, who is accused of spying on and harassing the late Tyler Clementi, begins today.
The trial will be televised live internationally.
Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge to his death on September 22, 2010, three days after Ravi filmed him kissing another man in their Rutgers dorm room, using a hidden webcam.
The case is starting now, but the Clementi-Ravi story has generated global interest from the beginning, with speculation about Ravi’s intentions and the appropriate punishment for his actions. (A must-read New Yorker story goes into great detail.)
Ravi is charged with multiple counts of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering prosecution and bias intimidation. After rejecting a plea deal in December that would have avoided jail time, the 19-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison.