Jury Selection Begins In NJ Webcam Spying Case

Published February 17, 2012 4:18PM (EST)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in New Jersey in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man.

The case gained widespread attention after the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, days after the intimate encounter.

Dharun Ravi (DAHR'-uhn RAH'-vee) faces 15 charges, including invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution. The most serious charge is bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by 10 years in prison.

About 2,000 jurors were summoned, but most had conflicts that would prevent them from serving in a trial expected to last three to four weeks.

More than 200 were brought to the Middlesex County Courthouse on Friday to start filling out questionnaires.

Jury selection is scheduled to resume Wednesday.

By Salon Staff

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