Clementi's Parents Reject Ravi's Apology

Joseph, Jane Clementi call it a 'public relations piece'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2012 5:16 PM CDT
Tyler Clementi's parents Joseph and Jane Clementi, look through some papers.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – Dharun Ravi reported to jail to serve his 30-day sentence today, two days after finally issuing an apology for the "stupid" decision he made to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi. His words did little to satisfy Clementi's parents, however. ABC News reports on the statement the couple released today, and the two didn't mince words. In regards to Ravi's "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. A sincere apology is personal."

Judge Berman isn't exactly on their list of friends, either. They chided him for the light sentence he handed Ravi, explaining that while "we have respect for Judge Berman and we appreciate the manner in which he presided over the criminal trial ... 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." Ravi had faced up to 10 years in prison. (Read more Dharun Ravi stories.)

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