The Chinese woman implicated of unlawfully getting in President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with numerous electronic devices and then lying to the Trick Service about it is finally about to have her day in federal court– however the bizarre case took an even stranger turn Monday when jury selection was apparently disrupted by the defendant’s lack of underwear.
Yujing Zhang stalled jury choice after appearing in court dressed in a brown jumpsuit rather of civilian clothing, claiming she wasn’t offered any underclothing. Dressing defendants in civilian clothing prevails practice throughout trials to prevent jury bias.
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The 33- year-old Shanghai business consultant was eventually taken to a holding cell, where she changed into a blouse and khaki pants that were discovered in her hotel room after Secret Service agents apprehended her at the Florida club in March.
But Zhang’s concerns started well prior to the jury choice.
Zhang is accused of trespassing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. (Daniel Pontet via AP, File).
Zhang fired her public protectors in June versus the suggestion of U.S. District Judge Roy Altman in order to represent herself with making use of a translator. But throughout pretrial hearings, she at times appeared to have problem with responding to simple questions in English, while responding with near-fluency at other times.
Zhang’s behavior at the hearings led Altman to consistently accuse the Chinese nationwide of “playing video games.”
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Language ended up being another problem Monday when Zhang claimed that she had not spoken Mandarin in months and was discovering it challenging to follow her interpreter.
She likewise informed Altman “I don’t know why I am here,” declaring she wasn’t prepared since she believed the trial had actually been canceled. Altman formerly ordered Zhang’s public defenders to supply her with law books to study while taking a look at the evidence.
Zhang presumably tried to bring several pieces of electronic devices into Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on March30 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File).
Secret Service agents detained Zhang after she tried to go into the Florida club on March30 Representatives stated they found her carrying a computer system, cellphones and other electronics. She likewise had a signal detector indicated to spot covert cameras and a considerable quantity of cash stowed away in her area hotel room.
Agents at first said a thumb drive in her ownership contained malware, but later recanted that accusation.
While Zhang isn’t charged with espionage, district attorneys have actually submitted secret evidence under seal that they say has national security ramifications.
Zhang has actually pleaded innocent to charges of unlawful entry and making false declarations. She faces up to 6 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted. She has actually been held without bond.
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Her former public defenders are on standby, sitting in the gallery behind her, in case she alters her mind about functioning as her own lawyer.
While they have actually stated Zhang appeared mentally skilled, she’s declined to speak to a psychologist. Family members in China told them she has no psychological illness.
Fox News’ Greg Norman, Travis Fedschun and Samuel Chamberlain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.