REPORT: Trial of Chinese woman who trespassed at Mar-A-Lago stalls over bizarre underwear fiasco
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The trial of a Chinese businesswoman charged with trying to sneak into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to a Secret Service agent was bizarrely delayed due to her lack of underwear.
Yujing Zhang, 33, told the federal judge in Florida on Monday that she was wearing her brown prison uniform instead of civilian clothing because she had not been provided any underwear.
The article goes on to state the following:
Defendants generally wear civilian clothing during trials to not prejudice jurors against them.
After some discussion about which agency was supposed to provide Zhang with underwear, she was taken to a holding cell and changed into a copper-colored blouse and khaki slacks found in her hotel room after her March arrest.
The latest bizarre moment in the case occurred just moments before potential jurors were scheduled to be brought into the courtroom.
Zhang was detained by Secret Service on March 30 after she lied to get access onto the Mar-A-Lago estate, claiming she was just there to use the pool. Secret Service agents said Zhang was carrying with her a computer, a hard drive, four cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware. They also discovered in her hotel room found a device to detect hidden cameras, computers, $8,000 in cash plus credit and debit cards, the report states.
Trespassing trial of Chinese woman stalls over underwear
Wow! No Underwear.🤔 https://t.co/DKAcsr0UNg
— Donna Reese (@donnareese931) September 9, 2019
If jury selection is any indication, Yujing Zhang’s trial will be a bizarre affair that may not answer the central question on the public’s mind: Is she a Chinese intelligence asset or a clumsy tourist who made the mistake of a lifetime? https://t.co/XNR8DQXyd6 w/ @jayhweaver
— Nicholas Nehamas (@NickNehamas) September 9, 2019
Few federal trials have stalled because the defendant had no underwear, but the case of alleged Mar-a-Lago trespasser Yujing Zhang has never been ordinary. https://t.co/E6Ho2eY0i6
— AP South U.S. Region (@APSouthRegion) September 9, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The trial of a Chinese businesswoman charged with lying to a Secret Service agent and trespassing at Mar-a-Lago bogged down Monday before jury selection over her lack of underwear, the latest bizarre moment in a case that’s been filled with them.
— Eric Tucker (@etuckerAP) September 9, 2019
Yujing Zhang trial: It got off to got off to a slow start b/c the jail didn’t provide undergarments for her to wear. …
— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) September 9, 2019
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) September 9, 2019
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