Analysis: Burden Remains for the Prosecution in Tyler Clementi Case


Analysis of Rutgers Trial

Altman: "Dharun never told you he wanted to intimidate Tyler?" Wei: "No."

"It has been a consistent theme in this case, when asked the question directly, the answer has repeatedly been 'No,'" said Josh Dubin, a strategist and jury consultant for the defense.

The two witnesses expected to testify on Wednesday for the prosecution will likely address whether Clementi himself felt intimidated by Ravi.

Raahi Grover, a resident adviser at Rutgers University, dealt personally with Clementi's concern about the alleged spying incident and his request for a room change.

M.B., a 30-year-old man who is identified only by his initials to protect his identity, was viewed kissing Clementi on Sept. 19, and returned with Clementi on a second date in the dorm room on Sept. 21, the night before Tyler committed suicide.

Although all witness testimony so far has been broadcast live on TruTv and online, Judge Glenn Berman ruled that M.B.'s testimony will not be televised or audio-recorded in order to protect his identity. Such privacy safeguards are usually reserved for cases involving sexual assault. Unlike the other witnesses in this case, M.B. will enter and exit the court through private hallways.

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