Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tyler Clementi's Parents Troubled by Son's Tormentor's 30-Day Sentence

I really feel for Tyler Clementi's parents, Jane and Joseph. They've always shown restraint and compassion -- insisting that they were only after the truth -- but when it all came out, they saw their son's victimizer get virtually no jail time for his serious offenses, which a jury unanimously agreed upon. Today the Clementis finally spoke out:

“Although we do not question the sincerity of his feelings and we have never sought harsh punishment, we are troubled by the judge’s failure to impose even a short jail sentence on the several charges of criminal invasion of Tyler’s privacy and bias crimes,” the parents said in a Thursday statement via their attorney, Paul Mainardi.

“As to the so-called ‘apology,’ it was, of course, no apology at all, but a public relations piece produced by Mr. Ravi’s advisers only after Judge Berman scolded Mr. Ravi in open court for his failure to have expressed a word of remorse or apology,” they said. “A sincere apology is personal,” the parents continued. “Many people convicted of crimes address the victims and their families in court. Mr. Ravi was given that opportunity but chose to say nothing.”

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