Corporate-espionage trial begins in Chicago

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 01:30 hrs

A corporate-espionage trial has begun for a Chinese-born American accused of stealing secrets from a Chicago-area communications company knowing they would eventually end up in the hands of China's military.

Prosecutors say former Motorola Inc. software engineer Hanjuan Jin (HAHN'-wahn JEN') bought a one-way ticket to China in 2007 and was stopped at O'Hare International Airport carrying 1,000 documents she downloaded at her Motorola office.

The government says the documents included secrets about a feature enabling Motorola cell phones to work like walkie-talkies.

Defense attorney Beth Gaus (GOWS') concedes her 41-year-old client violated Motorola policy. But she says Jin merely wanted the documents to refresh her technical knowledge after a long medical absence.

Gaus also says the function was old-generation technology and not of significant use to China's military.

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