REPORT: Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury acquitted a Chinese woman Wednesday of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort after she testified she didn’t understand a security guard who told her to leave.
However, jurors did find Jing Lu, 56, guilty of resisting a police officer without violence during her Dec. 18 arrest. The incident marked the second time in 2019 that a Chinese national was charged with illicitly entering Trump’s Florida resort.
The article goes on to state the following:
Prosecutors told jurors that Lu purposely intruded in a “calculated” and “planned” manner. She has been in custody since her arrest because her visa to remain in the United States has expired.
“Officials said last year that during the December incident, Lu trespassed on the resort and was asked to leave by security,” Mercury News reported. “She then returned to the premises and began to take photos when Palm Beach Police Department responded and arrested her, according to Michael Ogrodnick, a spokesman for the department.
“She pleaded not guilty to all of the charges brought against her during her first court appearance in December.”
Mercury also notes that Lu is the second Chinese national who has recently been accused of breaching security at Mar-a-Lago.
“Yujing Zhang trespassed on Mar-a-Lago in March 2019 and was found guilty last November of unlawfully entering a restricted zone and making false statements to a federal officer,” Mercury reported. “She was sentenced to eight months in prison, but left much earlier due to the amount of time she had already served.”
From AP on Twitter:
“A Chinese woman has been acquitted of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Florida resort but convicted of resisting police. Jing Lu’s Dec.18 arrest marked the second time in 2019 that a Chinese national was charged with trespassing at Mar-a-Lago.”
A Chinese woman has been acquitted of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Florida resort but convicted of resisting police. Jing Lu’s Dec.18 arrest marked the second time in 2019 that a Chinese national was charged with trespassing at Mar-a-Lago. https://t.co/jfuGIAxnKU
— AP South U.S. Region (@APSouthRegion) February 12, 2020
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 12, 2020
Chinese woman not guilty of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago, jury decides https://t.co/0vdRZpO8WF
— Mercury News (@mercnews) February 12, 2020
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