Ravi is not charged in connection with Clementi’s death, but he faces a possible sentence of ten years in jail.
As he sat in the courtroom, his chin propped awkwardly on his fist, his predicament could be seen either as a state’s admirably muscular response to the abusive treatment of a vulnerable young man or as an attempt to criminalize teen-age odiousness by using statutes aimed at people more easily recognizable as hate-mongers and perverts.
Their youngest son, Tyler, had died a year earlier, and the family’s tragedy was the silent focus of everyone in the room.
That September, Tyler Clementi and Ravi were freshman roommates at Rutgers University, in a dormitory three miles from the courtroom.
Hold on to your dreams and always strive to achieve your goals.
Some way to the right of Pazhani were Joseph and Jane Clementi.
Judge Glenn Berman announced that he was denying the defense’s request to see various documents in the possession of the state, including a handwritten document—conceivably, a suicide note—found among Clementi’s things at Rutgers. Ravi was visibly anxious when the judge addressed him.