Jury Acquits Illegal Alien Who Killed Kate Steinle

The defense lawyers say that verdict for the killer of Kate Steinle vindicates all immigrants.

If you’re an immigrant, even an illegal immigrant, does it help your case to be lumped in with the man who killed Kate Steinle?

I don’t see how. While the jury’s decision to acquit the illegal alien rather that find guilty on manslaughter seems motivated by politics more than the truth, there is no debate that an illegal alien, who should not have been in San Francisco, shot and killed an American citizen. That killing, accidental or not, couldn’t have happened if immigration law had been enforced.

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The Washington Times reports, “Jose Garcia Zarate acquitted of murder in Kate Steinle shooting.

A California jury acquitted the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle of murder Thursday but found him guilty of lesser gun charges in a case that helped ignite a new national debate over sanctuary cities and border policy.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 54, admitted to killing Steinle as she walked the San Francisco waterfront with her father in the summer of 2015 but called the shooting a shocking accident.


On Thursday, Garcia Zarate’s attorneys said the verdict was boost for immigrants and a slap at Mr. Trump.

“From Day One, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division, to foment a program of mass deportation. It was used to catapult a presidency along that philosophy of hate for others,” said Francisco Ugarte. “Today is a vindication for the rights of immigrants.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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