Jury Deliberating in Case of Chinese Woman Accused of Trespassing at Mar-a-Lago

first_imgDeliberations began Wednesday in the trial of a Chinese woman accused of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago in December.Lu Jing testified Tuesday in her own defense. She is charged with trespassing and resisting arrest without violence and has pleaded “not guilty.”If convicted she faces a maximum of two years in prison if convicted of both charges.A jury of four women and three men began deliberating her future this morning.Jing, who does not speak English, has an interpreter.According to her arrest report, Jing was spotted taking photographs on Mar-a-Lago property around 12:45 p.m. on Dec. 18.The security manager at Mar-a-Lago said Jing tried to enter through the main gate, but was stopped by security and told she had to leave. She then walked about 100 feet away and entered the property through a service driveway, getting approximately 100 yards inside the perimeter.Jing testified in her own defense on Tuesday, saying a tour guide dropped her off at Mar-a-Lago but didn’t stay with her because you’re not allowed to leave your vehicle there.Jing claimed she didn’t see any signs that made her think she couldn’t take pictures or walk onto the property. Jing added she didn’t remember being approached by security, but even if she did, she said she wouldn’t understand because she speaks Mandarin.During opening statements on Tuesday, prosecutors said Jing understood when security asked her to leave. However, Jing’s defense team said she didn’t understand and made an honest mistake.When security tried to make contact with Jing at Mar-a-Lago, she fled the property, but was tracked down a short distance away.According to her arrest report, “[Jing] balled up her hands into fists, crossed her arms on her chest, began screaming ‘No, no no!’ and began pulling away from me,” when officers tried to detain her.On Tuesday, Sgt. Michael Dawson with the Palm Beach Police Department demonstrated how Jing crossed her arms to resist being arrested.At a court hearing last month, Jing’s defense attorney indicated she was not interested in taking a plea deal.Jing is the second Chinese national arrested at Mar-a-Lago in less than a year. WPTV broke the story last April of Yujing Zhang’s arrest. Zhang was found guilty of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago and lying to the Secret Service.A judge sentenced Zhang to eight months in prison. She’s being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Glades County Detention Center, and is awaiting deportation.last_img read more

How former SU basketball manager Kevin Belbey created Boeheim’s Army

first_img Published on August 23, 2020 at 9:18 pm Contact Will: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.When Kevin Belbey walked out of Faegan’s Cafe & Pub one night in 2014, he was inspired to create the ultimate Syracuse alumni basketball team. He had run into Eric Devendorf at the restaurant, and the SU men’s basketball alumnus was on board with the idea.With the help of other alumni, Belbey went on to create Boeheim’s Army, an Orange alumni team that participates annually in The Basketball Tournament, a single elimination competition that takes place every summer. Belbey spent nearly every day of his undergraduate time at SU involved with the men’s basketball team. Arriving on campus in the late summer of 2009, he immediately joined the team’s managerial staff. Belbey was in Syracuse nearly year-round, attending every early workout, practice and game. He started by filling water bottles and mopping sweat off the court. By his junior year, he was promoted to head manager and oversaw the entire staff of about 20 managers.After the season ended and his subsequent graduation in 2013, Belbey stayed at Syracuse to attend law school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I knew I wanted to try to stay involved. I had just given so much time and effort for four years to the program,” Belbey said. “But I didn’t know the best way. I didn’t have the time to still be a manager every day.”It was during his first year at law school when Belbey was first introduced to TBT. A friend he knew from home in New Jersey mentioned the creation of a new, winner-take-all tournament and pitched the idea of a Syracuse alumni team. Belbey thought the idea was too good to be true but didn’t have the time to balance school and this new project. A few months later, Belbey watched the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni beat Team Barstool for the $500,000 prize. “I thought to myself ‘If Notre Dame can do this, Syracuse can do it and do it better,’” Belbey said.As a basketball manager, Belbey had experience connecting and bringing in former SU players for campus events. During his junior year, Belbey revamped and headed Syracuse’s “Midnight Madness” event at the Carrier Dome. The event sold nearly 20,000 tickets, and the ongoing NBA lockout allowed former Orange players to revisit campus for the event. Former players Wes Johnson, Jonny Flynn and Carmelo Anthony — who was making his first trip back to Syracuse since his championship run in 2003 — all showed. Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill performed as well.After being eliminated in the quarterfinals this year, Boeheim’s Army is yet to win The Basketball Tournament. Courtesy of Ben SolomonIn late 2014, Belbey began constructing the Syracuse alumni team, which he named Boeheim’s Army. He first reached out to Hakim Warrick, who played for the Orange from 2001 to 2005, and participated in TBT 2014 for a different team. The second player Belbey was able to recruit was former SU guard Devendorf, whose career has taken him to Turkey, Israel, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. To date, Devendorf is the only Boeheim’s Army player to play for the team every year. With Belbey at the helm, Boeheim’s Army participated in their first tournament in 2015, with the goal of winning the now $1 million prize. The team made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to Team City of Gods, 80-76. By its third year, TBT had gained a reputation for being highly-competitive and entertaining, with the prize climbing to $2 million in 2016. Because Boeheim’s Army was also gaining popularity, Belbey enlisted the help of an old friend, Marc Lomasky, to manage increasing travel budgets and rising popularity.The two met in an accounting class during Lomasky’s senior year. Although Lomasky and Belbey knew each other during their time at SU, they became closer when Belbey decided to attend law school. Since the formation of Boeheim’s Army, Lomasky has helped run practices, created a bank account for the team and organized team social media pages. “This is just such a fun, little side project-hobby that he does from work and that I do from work,” Lomasky said. “So it really is kind of a nice distraction from work and also a way to give back to Syracuse.”Outside of Boeheim’s Army, Belbey is an agent to numerous Syracuse alumni broadcasters, including Bob Costas, Mike Tirico and Sean McDonough. Belbey said it’s easy to do the tournament every year because most of his clients and coworkers are SU alumni. Using the broad, multi-generational following of the team, Belbey, Lomasky and other members organized alumni signings in different cities and have led donations to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.This past summer, TBT was one of the first live American sports to return to competition, with a 24 team bubble format. Belbey said fans, employees and players were all eager to get back into the rhythm of sports, calling him to ask for roster spots, unlike most years where Belbey had to ask players to join the squad. “Like the rest of us, they’ve just been sitting on the couch watching Netflix and Tiger King,” Belbey said. “They wanted to get out there and compete and play basketball and do something fun.”center_img Commentslast_img read more