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Molly Wei, defendant in Tyler Clementi suicide case, strikes plea deal

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Molly Wei

Molly Wei, one of two former Rutgers University students accused of spying on Tyler Clementi with a webcam just days before he committed suicide, has struck a plea deal to avoid jail time on the condition she testifies against her co-defendant in the case.

Wei, 19, of West Windsor, N.J., pleaded not guilty on Friday and was accepted into a three-year pre-trial intervention program that could lead to a dismissal of two counts of invasion of privacy.

She and Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for allegedly using a camera to views live images of Clementi’s intimate encounter with another man.

Under terms of the plea deal, which was accepted by Clementi’s parents, Wei must testify against Ravi, complete 300 hours of community service, and receive counseling for cyberbullying and on how to deal with people with alternative lifestyles.

A grand jury on April 20 indicted Ravi on 15 counts, including bias charges. Investigators said he targeted Clementi because he was gay.

On Sept. 22, 2010, just days after the video was broadcast on the internet, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was 18 years old.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. What?! She deserves jail time! Plea bargains can be a pain.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:18am
  2. Apparently bullies do not make loyal friends. Huh, who would have thought.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:21am
  3. i agree she deserves jail time more and more are dying everyday

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:22am
  4. do not like this at all!!! not justice for tyler….

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:22am
  5. Being as there is absolute proof she was present and did not call 911 at the time of the crime, this plea deal of testimony against him in exchange for a lesser sentence for her is total BS.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:26am
  6. I was anticipating something like this. Tyler’s former roommate is FUCKED now, though. There is still a chance for justice to be served.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:26am
  7. Tyler didn’t get a chance to make a plea deal to not be video taped. I feel that Wei should face the same charges. Community service and a class don’t fix what happened.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:28am
  8. WHAT!? This is insane.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:31am
  9. Sorry, but she deserves time in the big house just as the other guy does.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:38am
  10. This is horrible and a blow to the community. But first, we must think of his immediate family having to sit through two trials with the possibly of both walking. This way they get him dead to rights and she still has a punishment. If the family has approved this then we should stand by them. It’s not always about us.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:39am
  11. The prosecution must NEED her testimony to convict or they have offered the plea. Better one go to prison than none.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:41am
  12. This is completely insane! Why would his parents agree to this plea?! She’s as criminally negligent for his death as the next guy! This completely incenses me!

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:42am
  13. Plea bargaining is unconstitutional and should be be banned. Justice should either be served or not – not half-served.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:05pm
  14. Go to jail chopsticks. Go to fucking jail.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:11pm
  15. I didn’t know you could get community service for assisted homicide…and why would the parents agree to such bullshit? That’s there son! Ugh, what the fuck is wrong with people….I don’t get it.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:14pm
  16. yes justice must be rightfully served…BUT… due to the system, error, whatever else reason etcetc… there will be plenty more cases where justice is half served. I can see why she has the plea. But I will have to agree with ^Lisa in the few posts above me.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 12:53pm
  17. Ahh, nothing like some good racism, eh Cammie? *rolls eyes*

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:33pm
  18. And Lisa Gelormino, thank you. You just said what I was going to throw in. Glad to see someone can look at the bigger picture.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 1:35pm
  19. both need to do jail time they are both guilty

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:27pm
  20. Bunch of BULL SHIT, sick & tired of people doing this kinda crap and it gets blown off like a puff of gas!

    Posted on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 2:23am
  21. Okay first it dosent matter if she is sorry or not what she did is wrong and she deserves to get in trouble and spend time in jail. Okay maybe she is making it better by testifying but that does not excempt the fact that she was partly the cause of this mans death I think this is stupid and people need to realize she is just as much of a criminal than anyone else. I say jail time!

    Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:19pm
  22. That is bull. She and Ravi deserve way more than 5 year conviction. I understand that the justice system is used to rehabilitate but it is also used for retribution. I would hope at least 10 years for Ravi and 7 for Wei

    Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 7:10pm