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Authorities want to upgrade charge in Tyler Clementi webcam spying case

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(CBS/AP) NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Authorities want to upgrade one of the charges against former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who's accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with another man.

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Dharun Ravi is charged with bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and hindering prosecution, in the case that sparked a national conversation about bullying of young gays after Clementi committed suicide in September 2010.

The Star-Ledger reports that the judge says he caught mistakes in the hindering charges. One was a lower grade than it should have been, and two were higher.

Prosecutors are asking to upgrade the one that was too low. But the judge says it might not be fair to make Ravi pay for a mistake that only the judge caught.

Jury selection for Ravi's trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 21.

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