RIDGEWOOD, N.J., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The family of a New Jersey college freshman whose roommate spied on a gay encounter has decided to drop all civil suits, their lawyer says.
Paul Mainardi said Joseph and Jane Clementi of Ridgewood, N.J., plan to take no further legal action over their son's suicide, The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, N.J., reported.
"The Clementi family made a considered decision to not pursue civil suits," Mainardi said. "They are devoting their energies to the positive work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation."
Tyler Clementi was 18 and a few weeks into his freshman year at Rutgers University when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010.
His roommate, Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, N.J., used a webcam to watch an encounter between Tyler Clementi and another man. Ravi was convicted of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation and received a short jail term.
The Clementis filed a notice in 2010 that preserved their right to sue Rutgers, saying New Jersey's state university "failed to act timely and appropriately" when their son reported the taping. But last year, the foundation held a symposium at Rutgers on bullying.
The family protested Ravi's sentence as too short. He could have been give as much as 10 years in prison but ended up serving 20 days.