EDISON - Tyler Clementi's family has released a statement that they want accountability if their son was the victim of a crime, but they say the punishment does not have to be severe.
Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge last year, days after learning his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on him with another man.
Dharun Ravi faces charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. If convicted, he could get 10 years in prison.
In a statement released through their attorney today, the Clementi family appears to seek tempered justice. "... Legal accountability for this kind of conduct is important, but that legal accountability does not necessarily require the imposition of a harsh penalty in this case."
Ravi's trial is scheduled to begin in February of next year.
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