Woman Gets Time Served for Defacing L.A. Federal Courthouse

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Woman Gets Time Served for Defacing L.A. Federal Courthouse

by Contributing Editor

A woman who spray-painted a message containing an expletive targeting President Donald Trump at the entrance to a downtown Los Angeles courthouse was sentenced Wednesday to time already served and ordered to repay the $11,161 it cost the government to remove the graffiti.

Ines Habibovic, 29, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of willfully damaging federal property and was immediately sentenced to the 30 days she spent behind bars. Along with restitution, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. sentenced the San Fernando Valley resident to two years on probation, during which she’s directed to get substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Habibovic — a native of Croatia who has lawful permanent U.S. residency — was chased down and detained the evening of March 3 after she was spotted on real-time court surveillance video nine floors below Hatter’s courtroom, defacing the exterior wall and glass window of the U.S. Courthouse on West First Street.

According to court papers, Habibovic told officers she was “proud” of her actions.

It took about three months for courthouse services to determine how best to remove the graffiti, which included the “anarchy” symbol as well as an anti-Trump vulgarity, from the pale stone at the front of the four-year-old structure.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Moghaddas explained to the court that the General Services Administration contracted with a marble specialist to “sand down” the stone wall in order to remove the spray paint. Before the graffiti was finally rubbed out, the message was hidden behind large sheets of white butchers paper.

Hatter told Habibovic that since the arrest, she has made “tremendous strides … and I hope you continue that.”

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