Dharun Ravi sat through, pre-trial, trial and sentencing for his part in Tyler Clementi’s suicide showing no remorse and never saying he was sorry.
Now almost a year later, after being given the equivalent of a slap on the wrist for his actions, Ravi apologized for his actions in the case surrounding Tyler Clementi’s suicide, in a statement released by his lawyers.
“Last Monday, I was sentenced to 3 years probation, 300 hours of community service, a fine of more than $10,000.00, and 30 days in jail. Since the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office appealed that sentence, the sentence does not have to start until the appeal is decided. Nevertheless, I decided to accept and hopefully complete the sentence as soon as possible. It’s the only way I can go on with my life.
I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on September 19, 2010 and September 21, 2010. My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices. I am surrendering myself to the Middlesex County Correctional Facility on Thursday, May 31, 2012, to start my 30-day period of imprisonment.”
Regardless of Ravi’s “accepting responsibility” Ravi’s lawyers have said they expect to appeal the convictions entirely. They say that he was not hateful and that authorities charged him with such serious crimes because of Clementi’s suicide even though he was not charged with the 18-year-old’s death
Is this just a lawyerly boilerplate, paid for by his parents and probably signed with a certain amount of resigned reluctance, to help his appeal? The one major point the judge slammed home time and time again was Ravi’s lack of remorse during his sentencing. Is this just a “con” to help with the appeal and nothing more?
On it’s own “A day late and a dollar short” doesn’t even begin to describe his lawyers “press release”.