Tyler Clementi's Parents Urge Prosecution, But Also Leniency
His parents hope that the invasion of privacy charges will underscore the seriousness of the crime. Their lawyer said yesterday: "We feel it is important to establish accountability and to further establish that Tyler was subject to criminal acts, not merely a college prank as some may argue."
In November, New Jersey passed an anti-bullying bill of rights intended to combat what many consider to be a growing problem. The legislation, coupled with the charges, may certainly send a stern warning to would-be bullies. While the investigation is still ongoing, NJ.com points out that invasion-of-privacy crimes can carry sentences ranging from probation to five years in prison. Whether or not the parents' call for leniency will have an impact is yet to be seen.