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Convictions tossed out in Rutgers webcam suicide case

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A New Jersey appeals court tossed out the 2012 conviction of a former Rutgers University student who positioned a webcam to record his roommate be intimate with another man.

That roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, killed himself days later by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge.  Authorities say Clementi's roommate who recorded the video, Dharun Ravi, was mocking Clementi and his encounter with another man.

Ravi has argued through his lawyers that he had nothing to do with the death and that his intent was never to cause Clementi harm.

The decision “shows us how much more work needs to be done,” Clementi’s parents, Joe and Jane, responded in a statement, promising to continue working through the Tyler Clementi Foundation “to create a kinder, more empathetic society where every person is valued and respected.”

Prosecutors can retry Ravi on the remaining 11 counts, which include invasion of privacy, tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension.

But Ravi, who has already served 20 days of 30-day sentence, would not face any further jail time.

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