Several hundred protesters gathered Monday at the New Jersey State House to show support for a former Rutgers student convicted of bias intimidation and to call attention to what they see as injustices in New Jersey's hate-crime laws.
Deliberations are expected to resume for a third day in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of hate crimes for using a webcam to spy on his roommate's tryst with another man days before the roommate committed suicide.
In the last two days of his life, Tyler Clementi visited his roommate's Twitter page 38 times and saved screen shots of two messages posted there. One proclaimed that he saw his roommate "making out with a dude." The other "dared" his friends to use a web chat program to watch later.
Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, days after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, allegedly watched part of the liaison that took place in their dorm room.