Authorities Want Rutgers' Emails to Tyler Clementi

Plus, friends speak up for 'good, caring' Dharun Ravi, Molly Wei
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2010 12:21 PM CDT
Tyler Clementi Suicide: Authorities Subpoena Rutgers University Emails; Friends Defend Dharun Ravi, Molly Wei
This file June 2010 photo provided by the Ridgewood Patch shows Tyler Clementi, left, hugging a fellow student during his 2010 graduation from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ.   (AP Photo/Ridgewood Patch, Sam Fran Scavuzzo, File)

(Newser) – Before committing suicide, Tyler Clementi appears to have told his story on a gay message board, and the posts indicate that he emailed his RA and two superiors to report his roommate’s spying. Now, prosecutors want to see those emails—or at least Rutgers University’s responses to those emails. The prosecutor’s office subpoenaed copies of the emails to see how the school handled Clementi’s complaint, after investigators felt that the university was not fully cooperating, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for roommate Dharun Ravi issued a statement stating he is “confident that nothing will be learned to justify, warrant, or support” the rumored hate crime charges against Davi and Molly Wei. Friends of the pair also spoke up, telling People the high school friends are nice people who got caught up in a prank and “didn't think about the consequences,” says one.
(Read more Tyler Clementi stories.)

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