Lawyers: Ravi 'Youth' Defense Failed

    Dharun Ravi, center, is helped by his father, Ravi Pazhani, second right, as they leave court around  in New Brunswick, N.J., Friday, March 16, 2012. Defense attorney Philip Nettl follows, second left.  Ravi, a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy. A jury found that he used a webcam to spy on roommate Tyler Clementi.  Within days, Clementi realized he had been watched and jumped to his death from New York's George Washington Bridge in September 2010.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    Lawyers involved in the Dharun Ravi case say his conviction is proof that citing reckless youth as a defense has less sway in court than it used to. Ravi was convicted Friday of invasion of privacy as well as bias intimidation, a hate crime, after he used a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a sexual encounter with a man. Clementi killed himself after the incident. His lawyer had tried to use the youth card in his defense, and Ravi was so confident in the defense that he had rejected a plea deal that would have spared him any jail time or the threat of deportation. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 21. Meanwhile, legal experts said Friday that Ravi could face “serious risk” of deportation, since he is a legal resident of the U.S. but not a citizen.

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