October 6th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Lawyers for Rutgers student caution against 'uninformed assumptions'

Lawyers for Rutgers University student Molly Wei said they welcomed an investigation into the suicide of freshman Tyler Clementi, saying it would clear her of charges she faces in connection with his death. 

"This is a tragic situation. But this tragedy has also unfairly led to rampant speculation and misinformation, which threaten to overwhelm the actual facts of the matter.  Those true facts will reveal that Molly Wei is innocent. Molly committed no crime. Her remarkable reputation is being unjustly tarnished by uninformed and incorrect assumptions," attorneys Rubin Sinins and Eric Kahn said in a statement Wednesday.

Wei, 18, and Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, have been charged with invasion of privacy. The pair allegedly placed a camera in Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and streamed his sexual encounter with another man online, the Middlesex County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office said.

"Molly is a wonderful, caring and talented young woman with a bright future. That future is being threatened by unfounded attacks upon her character. This classic rush to judgment ignores Molly’s basic right to fairness and presumption of innocence. We can only hope, for everyone’s sake, that the truth will not be forever lost in the process. Neither Molly nor anyone else should be used to further the agenda of others," the attorneys said.

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  1. Steve in religious Birmingham

    Rutgers President McCormick never even mentioned the name "Tyler Clementi" in his PR release to the media (this despite employing more than 75 PR, public affairs, communications, and alumni relations personnel). By contrast, at Notre Dame, the President and student body together honored the student who died filming the football team. President Clementi not only FAILED to expel Ravi & Wei, who pushed Clementi to the edge, he allowed them to withdraw with no blemish to their record AND the ability to apply for re-admission. This despite his five promises, one of which is an enhanced campus atmosphere for undergrads. McCormick cares more for the guilty not the dead.

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