Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of immigrant detention, has been found guilty of multiple federal crimes.
Okoumou famously climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s separation and detention of immigrant children.
While her lawyers argued that the moral imperative compelling her to take action against the detention of children should outweigh the illegality of her actions, the court decided otherwise.
Okoumou reportedly wore a cobalt-blue dress to the hearing which read, “Seeking asylum is NOT a crime;” she herself is a Congo-born naturalized U.S. citizen.
Her collective sentencing amounts to 18 months behind bars.
“It would never happen in my country – we don’t treat children like political bait. I just have had nightmares and night sweats.” — Okoumou
At the end of her questioning, her legal team asked Okoumou if she would make her illegal climb again.
Okoumou: “Unfortunately, as long as our children are placed in cages, my moral values cause me to do something about it.”
Ron King: “So, is it your testimony you would do the same thing again?”
Michael Avenatti, who has represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels — AKA Stephanie Clifford — in her case against the president, has reportedly joined Okoumou’s defense.
Avenatti was arrested last month on charges of domestic assault.
Iron Triangle Press continues to report on the immigration crisis at the southern border.