Transcript for Rutgers University Bullying Trial
A trial now under way in a landmark case raising questions about privacy prying eyes and what constitutes a hate crime. A former student at Rutgers university in New Jersey is accused of using -- webcam to spy and is gay roommate. ABC's Lindsey Davis tonight and what's coming next. To -- jury. Worse than a -- prosecutors are trying to convince jurors that to -- Robbie is a big defendants' acts were not a prank. They were not an accident. And they were anonymous state. -- -- -- Malicious. -- and Robbie was a freshman at Rutgers University when he allegedly used a webcam to spy on his eighteen year old roommate Tyler Clemente during a romantic encounter with another man. The prosecution on Friday claimed -- -- actions weren't -- college prank but a hate crime they were meant. To expose. Tyler. His sexual orientation. Three days later Clemente violin virtuoso. Would end his life jumping from New York's George Washington Bridge. As word spread waves of support rolled into it gets better dot org featuring encouraging video -- for gay youth. Even the president submitted -- video and every day. It gets better. But the courtroom Clementi suicide is not what's on trial it's not at issue only -- -- but proving -- did what he did because of -- hatred of gays could be difficult his defense arguing. Just because -- do certain stupid we make mistakes. -- she won't -- it doesn't mean. Or hateful. -- -- -- -- Or or criminal. -- faces charges ranging from invasion of privacy to the most severe bias intimidation. A hate crime that alone carries up to ten years in prison. Lindsey Davis ABC news New York.
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