NEWARK - A New Jersey appeals court is hearing arguments in the case of a former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on a roommate who later committed suicide.

Dharun Ravi was convicted in 2012 of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy and other crimes. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

Ravi wasn't present at Wednesday's arguments in Newark. His attorney argued to have the conviction dismissed, particularly the bias intimidation charge.

The state submitted an appeal of their own Wednesday. The state argued that Ravi's sentence was too lenient. He had faced up to 10 years in prison.

Ravi secretly broadcast images online of roommate Tyler Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man. Clementi later jumped off the George Washington Bridge.

Clementi's parents and brother attended the proceeding and issued a statement to the media.

The statement read, "We are hopeful that the appellate court will analyze the legal issues it has been asked to review with depth and care so that the law in this important area will be well reasoned and clear.”

A decision on the appeals will be issued in the near future.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.