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Ex-student in Rutgers webcam case explains lack of apology

- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The former Rutgers student sentenced this week to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to view his roommate kissing another man says he did not apologize largely because it would have been seen as insincere.

Dharun Ravi told the Star-Ledger in an interview conducted before Monday's sentencing, but published after it, that anything he would say "would sound rehearsed and empty."

He did not address the judge when he was sentenced, and the judge criticized his lack of apology.

The case rose to prominence because the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide days after the September 2010 spying.

During the sentencing, Clementi's brother James said that hearing an apology this late from Ravi would not be meaningful to him.

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