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Judge: Lawyers must get ID of man in Clementi case

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm •  Published: September 9, 2011
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Steven Altman, a lawyer for Ravi, said, the man may be able to shed light on whether Clementi felt his roommate was intimidating him because he was gay.

"I'm not seeking any of this information to embarrass or humiliate anybody," Altman told Berman. "All I want to do is learn as much as I can as an attorney to represent Dharun Ravi. The prosectuor's office can't pick and choose what to give me under the guise of victim's rights."

Prosecutors argued that there could be harm done to M.B. by telling the defense his name, and said it had already provided two statements from him to Ravi's lawyers.

Invasion of privacy is classified as a sex crime, Assistant Prosecutor Julia McClure argued, and state law requires that details about sex-crime victims not be disclosed.

Berman said the intent of those protections didn't fit here: "I can't conclude that MB is a potential victim" of additional intimidation, he said.

Defense lawyers had also sought other evidence that Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor Julia McClure said was irrelevant: reports from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, which patrols the George Washington Bridge; records from Clementi's computer and some of his hand-written notes.

Berman said he would review those items in his chambers before deciding whether they're pertinent to the case and should be given to the defense.

He said the prosecutor should not decide which evidence might be relevant in the case

McClure said her office could appeal parts of Berman's ruling.

A hearing was set for Oct. 20 to set a trial date.