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Statue of Liberty Protest Climber Faces Bail Revocation Hearing

Statue of Liberty Climber to Be Sentenced in NYC Court for Protest

What to Know

  • The Statue of Liberty protester who climbed Lady Liberty last year will be sentenced Tuesday

  • Therese Okoumou, who was found guilty last year, was rearrested in Texas in February

  • Okoumou could face 30 days for the stunt that led to the evacuation of Liberty Island

The protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty last year is set to learn her fate Tuesday. 

Therese Okoumou is scheduled to be sentenced in a Lower Manhattan court after she was found guilty of misdemeanor charges in December after her protest climb of the Statue of Liberty July 4. She could face 30 days for the stunt that led to the evacuation of Liberty Island.

Earlier this month, judge changed the terms of her bail, ordering Okoumou to home detention to be enforced by electronic monitoring.

Prosecutors previously sent U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein a letter asking for a hearing to decide whether Okoumou’s bail should be revoked following her arrest in Texas on Feb. 20. Okoumou was arrested for criminal trespass in Travis County after she climbed a building and hung a banner that said “Abolish ICE” on it to protest federal immigration policy.

Judge Visits Lady Liberty With Protester

Last month, Gorenstein, who will be sentencing Okoumou, took a trip to the landmark accompanied by Okoumou “to better appreciate the risks or hazards created by defendant’s conduct.”

Okoumou made the climb on Lady Liberty to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, specifically the separation of families at the southern border. 

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