A week after he was convicted on multiple counts relating to the suicide of his Rutgers University dorm roommate, Dharun Ravi is planning his appeal of the Web spying case that drew national attention.
Ravi, 20, gave an exclusive interview to the New Jersey Star-Ledger following last week’s guilty verdict in the Tyler Clementi case. Clementi, Ravi’s roommate, jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after Ravi had recorded and tweeted about intimate encounters between Clementi and an unidentified man. Via the Star-Ledger’s interview:
I’m not the same person I was two years ago," [Ravi] said. "I don’t even recognize the person I was two years ago."
That person, Ravi admits, was immature. And did some stupid things. And was insensitive to Tyler Clementi’s feelings.
"But I wasn’t biased," Ravi said. "I didn’t act out of hate and I wasn’t uncomfortable with Tyler being gay."
And this person is committed to continuing to try and prove he did not commit a bias crime.
"The verdict actually made me feel energized," he said. "We (his family, friends and attorneys) will keep going."
Read the interview here.