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Jurors have bias questions in webcam spying trial

Jurors in Rutgers webcam case ask judge for help on understanding bias intimidation law By The Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) ' The jury in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's liaison with another man has received extra instruction on New Jersey's bias intimidation law.

Jurors on Wednesday asked a judge for clarification on the meanings of "intimidation" and "purpose" as they relate to the law. The judge gave them more explanation.

The question came after jurors had deliberated for less than two hours in the trial of Dharun Ravi (dah-ROON' RAH'-vee).

Ravi's roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in September 2010, just days after the alleged spying.

Ravi could face up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted of bias intimidation, a hate crime. To convict him, jurors will have to agree that Ravi acted out of malice against gays.

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