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Tyler Clementi Suicide: Rutgers Subpoenaed for E-mails

Dharun Ravi (right), the former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man, rejected a plea deal on Dec. 9 that would have kept him out of jail. Ravi's lawyer, Steven Altman, says the 19-year-old rejected the deal because, "He's innocent. He's not guilty." CBS/Personal Photo

Tyler Clementi Suicide: Rutgers Subpoenaed for E-mails
From Left to Right: Molly Wei, Tyler Clementi, Dharun Ravi (CBS/Personal Photo)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBS/WCBS/AP) Prosecutors have subpoenaed Rutgers University to get a hold of e-mails concerning how the school handled complaints from freshman Tyler Clementi that his roommate used a webcam to broadcast video on the Internet of him in a sexual encounter with another man.

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The 18-year-old violinist from Ridgewood, N.J. jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on Sept. 22.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that prosecutors asked for the subpoenas after investigators felt the state university was not fully cooperating with the invasion of privacy case.

Dharun Ravi, Clementi's roommate, and Molly Wei, were each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy last week. The state's Attorney General, Paula Dow, said investigators were exploring adding hate crime charges; however, the current New Jersey law may not adequately address the circumstances behind Clementi's death, according to CBS station WCBS.

"Most importantly, I think we're looking at examining the facts," Dow said

Middlesex County prosecutors say the pair, both 18, used a webcam to secretly transmit a live image of Clementi having sex with a man on Sept. 19 and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter on Sept. 21, the day before Clementi's suicide.

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