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Jury Deadlocks on Espionage Case Against Chinese

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Nov 24, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif.After six days of deliberations, a federal jury in San Jose could not reach unanimous verdict on three important espionage charges against two Chinese engineers from Silicon Valley, according to Sing Tao Daily. Lan Lee , a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, and 36-year-old Chinese citizen Yuefei Ge stood on trial of five counts of stealing trade secrets from Taiwan Semiconductor. They were acquitted on two charges and the jury deadlocked on two. Legal experts believed the lack of evidence and the diverse jury, with five Asian jurors and a few who worked in the high tech industry, were the reasons.

Federal Judge James Ware returned the case to the prosecutors, who would decide whether to indict the two suspects with the no-verdict charges for the second time. If the prosecutors decided to bring up the charges again, a new trial will be scheduled. If not, Lee and Ges charges would be dismissed.

In 2003, Lee and Ge were accused of stealing technology secrets from NetLogic Microsystems and Taiwan Semiconductor before resigning and setting up their own company, SICO Microsystems, which was funded by a program backed by the Chinese government.


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