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Dharun Ravi Finally Apologizes For His Part In Tyler Clemnti’s Suicide – Sincere or Con?

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”.


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  1. I wouldn’t believe anything this little creep said. I am glad that the Prosecution is appealing the sentence. I am even glad that Ravi’s lawyers are appealing. I am glad that at least the lawyer fees are mounting up–there may be some modicum of justice there. But mainly I want the little bastard deported.

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