STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—The Staten Island woman who scaled Lady Liberty on the Fourth of July to protest immigration policies was denied a jury trial, authorities said. A U.S. Magistrate Judge recently ruled that Therese Patricia Okoumou’s case will be tried before the court on Dec. 17, according to federal court records. The St. George resident faces charges of trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct after climbing to the base of the landmark and refusing to get down, officials said. She pleaded not guilty. Last month, the 44-year-old woman’s attorneys had requested a jury trial, arguing Okoumou’s actions in the name of social justice should be judged by a group of her peers. But the court opined that the petty offenses she is charged with do not mandate a jury. “We have no doubt that the denial of trial by jury in all petty offense cases is “fundamentally fair,” said the decision. According to prosecutors, Okoumou refused to get down after propping herself by the bottom of the statue, and they described it as a dangerous stunt that resulted in the evacuation of Liberty Island. Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty to protest the administration’s “draconian, zero-tolerance policy on immigration,” including separating children from parents at the border. In a statement Friday, Okoumou said, “Children are not only being held in detention centers, but they are also being held down and drugged when they protest.” Okoumou said she is planing another protest, but said she couldn’t share the details.