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Trump Slams “Disgraceful Verdict” After San Francisco Jury Acquits “Kate’s Law”-Victim’s Killer

Tyler Durden
December 1st, 2017
Zero Hedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge


Update 2: Just as we suspected, President Trump has tweeted his opinion on this decision…

Update 1: AP reports that U.S. immigration officials say they will deport the Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco pier shooting.

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As we detailed earlier, in a verdict that has shocked many in the Bay Area (and across America), a jury of six men and six women in sanctuary city San Francisco found illegal immigrant (and five-time deportee) Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in the death of Kate Steinle.

Mr. Garcia Zarate had been homeless at the time of the shooting and had multiple felony convictions and five prior deportations to Mexico. He had been set free from jail only months before the shooting, in defiance of requests by federal immigration authorities, who had asked that he be held longer so he could be deported again.

The backlash to his release into the community crescendoed when Donald Trump invoked Ms. Steinle’s killing as he campaigned for president.

As The New York Times reports, Ms. Steinle’s death in July 2015 fed into a fierce debate over whether immigrants without legal status should be deported more aggressively, and over the role local law enforcement should play.

Ms. Steinle, known as Kate, a 32-year-old medical equipment saleswoman, was walking along Pier 14 in San Francisco when she was struck by a bullet and collapsed into her father’s arms.

Mr. Garcia Zarate acknowledged firing the weapon, but said it was an accident.

Zarate and his defense team maintained the argument that the suspect found the stolen weapon on the pier that day and it “just fired.”

The gun belonged to a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger and was stolen from his parked car a week earlier.

The bullet ricocheted on the pier’s concrete walkway before it struck Steinle, killing her. Zarate has admitted to shooting Steinle, but says it was an accident.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez said Garcia Zarate found the gun at the pier… but the stories of what happened copntradicted one another…

He said it was wrapped in cloth, and when Garcia Zarate unwrapped it, the gun accidentally discharged.

But in a police interrogation, Garcia Zarate admitted to firing the gun, saying he was aiming at a seal.

He also told police that he stepped on the gun, causing it to fire.

But still, after six days of deliberation, the illegal Mexcian immigrant was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges and also found not guilty of assault with a firearm.

Garcia Zarate was found guilty of illegal firearms possession, which carries a sentence of 16 months to three years.

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The public defender wasted no time in focusing his thoughts on President Trump and his administration…saying Zarate was “extremely relieved” by the outcome and that while Steinle’s death “was a horrible tragedy,” it was used as “political fodder for then candidate Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda.”

 Adachi added, “Despite the unfairly politicized atmosphere surrounding this case, jurors focused on the evidence, which was clear and convincing, and rendered a just verdict.”

In a response to the verdict, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement saying that despite California’s attempt at a murder conviction, Zarate was able to walk away with only a firearm possession conviction because he was not turned over by San Francisco to ICE.

“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” the statement said.

“San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”

Sessions continued, “I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers.”

Social media erupted with outrage at the verdict (with very few – if any attempting to defend the verdict)…

And even politically-correct politicians piped in…

We suspect it will not be long before President Trump has something to say about this verdict.

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Author: Tyler Durden
Date: December 1st, 2017
Website: http://www.zerohedge.com/

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  1. Concerned-Citizen! says:

    That filthy, vile, no good ILLEGAL deserves to HANG period!!

    • John Stiner says:

      Is the illegal still in custody?

      I am sure there is an immigration hold on him, I wonder of California will turn him over to the FEDS.

      He can at least be prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States.

      • KY Mom says:

        It is disgraceful! unfortunately, The violent ‘refugee’ population is going to increase.

        Remember this parting “gift” from Obama…

        Report: Middle East Refugees to Begin Arriving to U.S. from Australia – 10/1/17
        “The first group of 1,250 mostly male Middle Eastern refugees is expected to soon arrive in the United States from Australia.”

        “President Barack Obama (secretly) signed the Australian-U.S. refugee deal during his last months in office — promising to take 1,250 Middle Eastern refugees off Australia’s hands.
        The refugees are being held in detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru Island.

        The so-called ‘refugees’ are actually illegal aliens in Australia who traveled to the country under the previous government which enforced a strict immigration policy that made sure the refugees would never be released from detention.”

        “Although some of these countries are included in Trump’s travel ban, the Australian government has confirmed that the refugee deal will be exempt from the travel ban guidelines.”

        these refugees “have a HISTORY OF RIOTING AND VIOLENCE.”

        (*Look at the pictures of the damage they did to one center where they were staying, $55 million damage.)

        “After the refugees are resettled in the U.S. in the next fiscal year, the families of those refugees will get priority migration status to either come to America as refugees as well, or come as legal immigrants through the current immigration system which is based on family chain migration.”

        Thanks to “an Obama-era deal that could bring tens of thousands of the refugees’ family members to the U.S. in years to come.”

        Leftover (SECRET) Obama Refugee Deal With Australia
        “In mid-November, just after Donald Trump was elected president, the outgoing Obama administration reached an agreement (which was kept SECRET) with Australia to resettle hundreds of ‘refugees’ to America.”

        Thanks to Obama, refugees viewed in Australia as a “POSSIBLE TERRORIST THREAT” are now headed to the U.S.

        The Obama administration did NOT inform the public of his plan, nor even consult Congress about it. Obama knew the plan would NOT take effect until AFTER he was out of office.

        The federal government pays to support refugees for the FIRST YEAR. After the first year, STATES must assume responsibility to support refugees.

        Allah commands that the faithful have MANY children. With limited job skills, many of the Middle Eastern refugee men find it difficult to find high paying jobs that will support their large families. Many of these refugee families remain on government assistance.

        According to government records, “most foreign workers compete directly in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries where unemployment is the highest.”

        “ALL REFUGEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFETIME GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE and can draw funds from Social Security and Medicare at Americans’ expense.”

        “More than 90 percent of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on food stamps.”

        “As soon as they arrive on U.S. soil they are placed on a fast-track to becoming full, voting citizens.”

        • KY Mom says:

          Recent numbers released on the family chain migration of refugees.

          White House releases ‘explosive’ tally of green cards issued in ‘chain migration’

          “For the first time, the White House said, the federal government has counted the green cards issued between 2005 and 2015 to migrants admitted through family preference, or as immediate relatives of migrants already admitted into the country in perhaps the fullest portrait of “chain migration” ever developed.”

          “During the ten-year time frame, officials said, the U.S. permanently resettled roughly 9.3 million new immigrants on the basis of family ties.

          That’s more than 70 percent of all new immigration in that period, the White house said, adding it is also the primary driver of low-skilled workers’ entry into the U.S. A phenomenon analyst say most directly hurts American minority groups with comparable skills.”

          “Mexico is at the top of the list with 1.7 million admissions, India and the Philippines each have more than 600,000, and Iran has more than 80,000.”

          • Paranoid says:

            People, this is why you need to get your CCW and CARRY! Also support the NRA in it’s efforts to get national reciprocity. Then start working for Constitutional carry; I always carry and this guy wouldn’t have needed a trial. Don’t bother to tell me how we already have it and BLA BLA BLA. Get off your butts and get to work!

          • WhereEaglesDare says:

            This makes me sick! I can’t understand my our leaders have chose this destructive path. It’s indeed getting worst.

        • Norman Oliver says:

          And the sad thing KY is all of this illegal. The US doesn’t have to take these “refugees” in. Oba didn’t have the authority to make this deal. Congress didn’t have the authority to give this power to Oba as the Constitution doesn’t give them that power. The States should tell Congress to pound sand, refuse to take these people and arrest any fed trying to sneak them in.

      • Nailbanger says:

        They wont turn him over, they will release him then stonewall Immigration

        • gandhi says:

          the man with that poor young woman should have shot that killer in the face before the killer discharged his weapon at the innocent girl. instead he prolly just welcomed him to amerika.

      • Braveheart1776 says:

        JS, if he’s back on the streets he’s fair game for someone.

    • Menzoberranzan says:

      Let us hope someone near this situation will kill him soon.

    • gandhi says:

      it was an accidental discharge, he tripped over a gun that he had no idea was there.

    • gandhi says:

      next time when he breaks into amerika he will prolly trip and fall accidentally raping a young boy.

      • BlackMoe says:

        Let’s hope the next time he illegally re-enters the US he goes strait to SanFagsisco and “accidentally” kills a queer. That cesspool city really needs a cleansing, one fag at a time.

  2. John Stiner says:

    California has really turned into a shithole.

    It is sad to say because I was born in California, but I was luck and escaped to Texas in my teenage years.

    I went back to California in 2012 for a family funeral. The streets and highways are a TOTAL dump. Trash everywhere, nothing mowed or kept up. Pot holes EVERYWHERE.

    It was clear their infrastructure was falling apart. My family left California in the 1980s because the state laws were so repressive, now they are 100 times worse.

    • Press 9 for English says:

      I was in San Fran area 11 years ago and it was bad then. Can only imagine what it is like now..I will never go back to CA.

    • laura ann says:

      John S: Agree, we will soon end up like the EU where Muslims have free range for rape, robbery, killings, etc. No law and order. Here it includes Mexicans dealing drugs X the borders, ranchers being shot some killed, law enforcement here like in the
      EU has hands tied. This is an outrage, no justice anymore, getting bad all over even in Miami, Tampa.

  3. Wile e. Coyote says:

    Everybody on this site talks about how Fruitloopy California is anymore. Wouldn’t you just love to sit down with some of these council members from from where this shooting took place and just bitchslap them and say what the fuck? And that slime ball lawyer. Sorry for the redundancy. And can someone explain how that judge blocked trump from holding fed funds to sanctuary cities ? God i just don’t get it. It’s like every day it just gets weirder. California was out of control on rents 30 years ago. I don’t know how anyone survives out there. The liberals have completely ruined that state , morally and financially. You think about it, the beaches, the natural resources and parks, the Silicon Valley and Hollywood and tourism, how the hell is that state broke? They should be kicking all those liberals into the dam ocean. They will eventually implode. Oh well

    • Nailbanger says:

      This is why its time to just take it up on our own, stop complying with everything, its sad but is really the only way, we really own nothing and have few if any real freedoms anymore, if they could disarm us without alienating the vast majority of LEO and military they would, the oath means nothing to politicians and other bureaucrats.
      Who is John Galt!

      • Braveheart1776 says:

        Nailbanger, civil war 2 is coming, like it or not. Taking matters into our own hands will be the only way. Unfortunately my city is also a sanctuary city that treats foreigners better than it does native-born Americans When the balloon finally goes up, illegal aliens and all of their libturd apologists will be fair game.

      • two2wisper says:

        When ! When are the relatives of these dead victims gonna start killing these animals . They are privy to much more info on these animals. I would not be able to sleep at night if this happened to one of mine . Not until I killed every person associated with said animal . Age would not matter , old or young everyone of them dead or until I was .

    • Braveheart1776 says:

      Wile E. Coyote, they spend tax money on stupid things like the illegal aliens.

    • Barbara says:

      You articulated my feelings exactly! It literally makes me sick to my stomach to think that a State with all that God-given natural beauty has been laid waste by these traitorous, Marxist, commie assholes! If they all had one neck, I’d hack it through!

  4. Press 9 for English says:

    My last remaining relatives in CA, finally got out of California last year.
    This guy was deported 5 times prior to the killing. CA is a sanctuary state, there will be nothing to prevent him from coming back in since CA welcomes illegals with open arms.
    Remain in CA at your own risk.

  5. Press 9 for English says:

    In CA illegals have more rights than native born US citizens.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Only in California.

  7. CharlieKing1 says:

    May California and San Fransicko reap the whirlwind from their kowtowing to illegals… I just happen to own the same pistol that the illegal used to kill Kate. There is no way in hell that that pistol will ‘just go off’. That is the biggest bunch of bunk from the defense attorney and the stupid jurors bought it.

    Further, I’m still doubting the story about the bullet ricocheted off the concrete pier. Usually a bullet’s trajectory will flatten out when hitting concrete or asphalt and travel a few inches off of the deck.

    At the very least, Zarate should have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter as his negligence caused the death of Kate. The prosecutor of this case needs to be removed from office.

  8. tahini says:

    Only in California.

  9. KY Mom says:

    So, they are saying the shot is ineffective, but URGING that everyone get one anyway?

    ‘Flu-pocalypse’ Predicted Due To Ineffective Flu Shots, Doctors Say
    ht tp://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/11/30/flu-shots-flu-season-2017/

    • laura ann says:

      Ky Mom: taking zinc, vit c and lysine during cold and flu outbreaks lots better than phony flu shots. Lots fruit and fresh veg.

      • KY Mom says:

        laura ann,

        I agree. Good advice!
        Sambucol (elderberry syrup) works good too.

        I just couldn’t believe the media was admitting the flu shot is ineffective, yet still urging everyone to go get it.

        • grandee says:

          suffering with a whooper of a head cold as we speak 🙁

          sipping on hot tea w/whiskey, honey, cinnamon, little butter

          munching on oranges

          and some Zicam

          didn’t take the flue shot because the news was it wouldn’t be effective. don’t ever take the shots anyway.

          sniffle sniffle hachew

  10. The realist says:


  11. Nailbanger says:

    Even here in Hawaii we have tons of illegal immigrants, LEO generally just release them as they dont know what to do with them

  12. southside says:

    Let the word go forth from here,from the rising of the sun to its setting: It is ok to kill whites if one is an illegal,2, this especially holds true in California,3 do not forget yhe Muslim cop in Minneapolis still refuses to talk to investigators about his shooting of an unarmed white woman. He is still walking free. You Sometimes I feel like we’re being egged on by the libs to see how far they can push before we push back.

  13. They charged him with the wrong crime. He should have been charged with manslaughter. They would have gotten a conviction. A leftist trick is to charge someone with a crime they know they can’t convict a guy on, so he walks.

  14. Sgt. Dale says:

    Being a father of three great daughters, that this lump of scum would only have a few days left on this earth.


    • Anonymous says:

      Sgt.D, Easier said than done.

      If the father kills him, of course without witnesses present, and then denies it, they’ll still know he did it because he had a motive and they will find a way to convict him. The father, brother, etc., are the first suspects they consider.

      One of the main reasons I moved out of CA yrs ago is because the perpetrators/criminals there are very protected and have more rights than the victims. The laws there are also made to protect the criminals. Mostly because white-collar criminals in power run the legal and judicial system.

  15. Kevin2 says:

    I wasn’t on the jury and they spoke. Regardless he was a felon in possession of a firearm; thats not open for debate. Was he going to go to the range and practice with it? Bottom line he should”t have been here and certainly not been here armed.

    Once again the bulk of the public will agree with the President on this.

  16. Beaumont says:

    I reported to jury duty, for a similar trial, and the lawyers were very particular, that the migrant should get a jury of his own peers — people like him.

    Generically-white, functionally-literate people, who would dress to go out, were dismissed, one at a time, until the court was filled with pantloads. When you ask these people simple questions, they were unable to form opinions, of any kind. There was not a leftist, or rightist, or weird, fringe way of talking; they could barely talk.

    I don’t think these issues are being considered, formally, because these people are unfit to participate in civil society. There is no normative morality or living standards or level of intelligence.

  17. Bill says:

    This proves again there is a multi-tiered system of justice in this country. If I had already committed 5 known felonies, then stole a gun (especially from a law enforcement official) and then killed someone with it, there is absolutely no doubt here in the South I would be getting the death penalty, and rightly so. It would have when impossible for me to have had all the opportunities to commit all these other crimes since I would have been in prison for the first felony.
    Some questions are in order; how did the prosecutor muff an apparently easily conviction, even though the murderer confessed to the crime, and the evidence was overwhelming? Seeing that the prosecutor is a gov’t official is he or she part of the liberal establishment? What was the composition of the jury? Given the political climate in California if it had been a white person that killed an illegal immigrant in like manner and circumstances would they too had equal chance to be acquitted of murder? I know I know, by merely asking these rational questions makes me a racist.
    This verdict proves there is no longer the rule of law for everyone, which is based on rational and traditional principles of fairness and justice, of guilt and innocence, of right and wrong. It is now either on a law of ideology, which is not rational nor can it be, or on the law of money and power, which needs no explanation. The average typical citizens still have to submit to the rule of law. Don’t assume only in California, it’s coming to a locality near you. At the risk of being branded a conspiracy theorist none of this is accidental.
    To show how ideological our society has become, the President and like-minded people are branded as nazis or truly crazy for wanting to vet incoming immigrants and get the immigration disasters under control trying to stop all the problems associated with this god-awful mess. I will make a prediction, it will get worse before and if it gets better. The only real solution for me and mine is to break the country apart to form new countries. Each to have their own rule of law, culture, national policies, like-minded people, etc.

  18. rellik says:

    This is what happens when you live with and empower Democrats.

  19. Illini Warrior says:

    watch what happens when he gets kicked back across the border …

    hailed as a national hero – meeting with the Mex prez – interviews on all the morning TV programs – book deals – TV movie – elected to national office – Dems grant him US visa for campaigning in 2018 ….

  20. Stormy says:

    Sounds like OJ all over again – minus the football and slow speed chase!

    Ineptitude all around. The jurors should be held accountable. Their names and addresses should be published. America cannot be saved unless those who work to destroy it are exposed for being rank traitors.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Terrible he wasn’t found guilty. A crime in itself. I really feel for the family. That’s CA for ya. Corrupt legal system with libs and alcoholic drunks in a black robe sitting behind the bench.

    Many of these illegal Mexicans get cheap flights and fly to the US and then either get a Visa but don’t leave when the Visa expires, or they just stay without a Visa and hope for the best. Some enter the US through the elaborate underground tunnel systems where they are less likely to get caught. Some get to live here in the US because relatives are here as citizens, or they marry a US citizen, or give birth to a child here who is automatically considered a US citizen if born in the US.

    I used to live in San Diego but left CA many years ago, and a good friend of mine when I lived there personally knew a few Border Patrol agents who had said that less than half of all Mexicans entering the country illegally actually walk across the border like this murderer did. They said most who enter the country illegally don’t actually walk across the border either due to concerns over safety issues and because there are other means of entering.

    So don’t stress out that the $48 Billion border wall is in its earliest stages and hasn’t been built yet as they use several other methods to get into the US illegally. Sadly, Wall or no Wall, we’ll never get rid of them.

  22. Deplorable Neal Jensen says:

    Well, this was a classic instance of the wholesale gratuitous [email protected] of LADY JUSTICE… Where is all those virtue signalers now?

    Someone should hashtag #metoo with this verdict and my observation. I’m not on twitter.

    Oh the feminist panties will wind up real tight then. LADY JUSTICE [email protected] by the jury, [email protected] by the illegal alien, [email protected] by the judge…

  23. the blame-e says:

    I cannot believe WE THE PEOPLE allowed the court system to waste one dollar of American Taxpayer money on due process for this foreign, scum of the earth, crap like Garcia Zarate.

    With the Garcia Zarate verdict the State of California and the Federal government just declared open season on all American citizens by foreigners. This verdict proves that if you are foreigner, you can kill as many Americans as you want — with impunity.

    American women are so pissed off at White Men everywhere, but do you think one American woman will demand justice for Kate Steinle? H*ll No.

  24. Traitor Hator says:

    Wondering if in the upcoming event wild hogs will be vital? What other single animal is better equipped to deal with the dead looters? Are you going to spend calories and exposure to bury them? How many holes can you dig a day? Don’t shoot the hogs . We will need everyone of them . Feed them and keep them close. The more the better.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Michael Savage tonight went OFF big time over this verdict. Michael Brodel had a good you tube video on it. I feel for the deceased girls family, my heart goes out to them. Justice? Where are you?

  26. Upstate New Yorker says:

    Michael Savage tonight went OFF big time on this topic. Martin Brodel had a you tube piece on this verdict, he was flabbergasted. I feel for the deceased girls family.. If the girl was black, there would be rioting in the streets. Justice, where are you?

  27. Brian says:

    If you successfully disregard the immigration laws, why would you respect the other laws? The prosecutors are talking about prosecuting him under the firearms laws but who knows if they will actually do it? Will they throw the book at him? Probably not!

    He’ll be deported back to his country and will serve as a shining example of how well the American laws are enforced. Then he’ll probably sneak back in again and he won’t be alone!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I find it quite amazing that no one I personally know, no one here on shtf, no one anywhere on social media or on any news sites and websites regarding the outcome of this murder case think he was innocent in her death yet 12 people found him “Not Guilty.” That is just hard to believe.