Verdict Expected At Chinese Espionage Trial

Published February 8, 2012 6:45PM (EST)

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is expected to deliver his verdict in the trial of a Chinese-born American woman accused of stealing company secrets from Motorola Inc. knowing they would likely end up in the hands of China's military.

Hanjuan Jin is charged with several counts of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets and could be sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Jin was randomly searched at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in February 2007 before boarding a flight to China on a one-way ticket and had $31,000 and about 1,000 of the U.S. cellphone company's documents. They say she intended to give them to a Chinese tech company and knew they could end up with China's military.

Jin's lawyer says it was an honest mistake.

By Salon Staff

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