Transcript for Rutgers Webcam Spying Trial Begins
And jurors hear today's opening statements they'll Begin to face the most difficult question of the trial it's not just what did dollar and Robbie do. It's what he was thinking when he did it. This is a hate crimes trial a trial about the suicide death of -- -- roommate Tyler Clemente. -- is accused of using a webcam to broadcast -- it is an intimate encounter with another met. Days later Clementi killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Which here is tried to be. A strong person and be an honest person but. This is they -- -- punished for that forthrightness and and -- to be you know and Joker laughing -- in. And they think that must have taken -- call on him. -- now nineteen isn't charged in connection with Clemente death. He is charged with invasion of privacy and the far more serious two counts of bias intimidation. I hate crimes punishable by up to ten years -- -- -- To convict Robbie on those counts prosecutors will have to persuade jurors that -- meant to intimidate Clemente. Because he was get. Robbie was offered a plea deal but his lawyers says he refused it because -- client has and it's.
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