Chi­nese woman ac­cused of tres­pass at Mar-a-Lago set for trial

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

FORT LAUD­ERDALE, Fla. — The up­com­ing trial of a Chi­nese na­tional on fed­eral charges that she tres­passed at President Don­ald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago re­sort and lied to the Se­cret Ser­vice is po­ten­tially a cir­cus wrapped in mys­tery.

Re­ject­ing the strong rec­om­men­da­tion of U.S. District Judge Roy Altman, Yu­jing Zhang fired her pub­lic de­fend­ers in June to act as her own at­tor­ney - a long­shot move the 33-yearold Shang­hai busi­ness con­sul­tant has strug­gled with dur­ing pre­trial hear­ings set­ting up Mon­day’s sched­uled jury se­lec­tion.

Zhang of­ten frus­trates Altman by ig­nor­ing his ques­tions or an­swer­ing with non se­quiturs. At times she replies in near-flu­ent English and in­sists she un­der­stands com­plex le­gal con­cepts, but will then say she doesn’t un­der­stand a sim­ple ques­tion and turns to her Man­darin trans­la­tor.

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