The long awaited verdict in the trail of five-times-deported illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate sent shock waves across the nation, as the jury found Zarate not guilty in a supposedly clear-cut case involving the murder of Kate Steinle
A jury of 6 men and 6 women found seven-time felon, five times deported illegal alien Jose Garcia Zarate not guilty in the case of the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle Thursday evening. Even ABC news admitted that the jury’s non guilty verdict was “surprising”, as Zarate himself had admitted to shooting Steinle in an interview with a local ABC News affiliate.
In a surprising verdict, the jury of six men and six women deliberated and came back with a not guilty verdict, acquitting defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. He was facing second degree murder charges for killing 32-year-old Pleasanton resident Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco.
The jury found Garcia Zarate guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon.
While Garcia Zarate can technically walk out of the courtroom, it’s expected he will be taken into custody by Immigration officials and eventually deported back to his native Mexico.
The case gained notoriety because Garcia Zarate is an undocumented immigrant who had been deported several times and had a number of felony convictions.
Steinle’s death became part of the immigration debate in this country, with then-candidate Donald Trump criticizing San Francisco for its sanctuary city status during his campaign.
The Steinle family has been waiting more than two years for this day. Kate Steinle was shot and killed when she was walking with her father and a friend on the pier.
Garcia Zarate, who was homeless at the time, claimed he found the gun wrapped in a piece of cloth under a swivel chair at the pier. He says he picked it up, and it accidentally fired, hitting Steinle in the back. The bullet, the defense claimed, ricocheted and then traveled 78 feet before striking Steinle.
The firearm used in the shooting, a Sig Sauer 40, was reportedly stolen from federal ranger’s car parked in the area 4 days prior to Kate’s murder. Zarate’s attorney claimed that he found the firearm wrapped in a t-shirt on a pier and the gun “accidentally” discharged, with the bullet ricocheting off the sidewalk, striking Kate Steinle and subsequently killing her.
The case gained national attention and was used a rallying cry for tougher border controls and enforcement of illegal immigration laws, as Jose Zarate had been deported 5 times prior to Kate’s murder along with being convicted of 7 felonies in the past.
The most shocking part of the verdict is that the jury did not even find Zarate guilty of manslaughter, as even accidentally killing someone as a result of gross negligence would easily render that charge valid. The jury did, however, find Zarate “guilty of possession of a firearm by a felon”, apparently finding it more offensive that Zarate used a firearm to kill Kate Stienle than the fact that he killed an innocent woman.
President Donald Trump responded on Twitter in digust at the verdict and miscarriage of justice, reiterating that “no wonder the people of our country are so angry with illegal immigration.”
A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2017
Even more shocking is that it only took minutes for Zarate’s defense attorney to bring up Donald Trump during his statement after the verdict, indicating that politics likely had a large part in the jury’s decision to find Zarate not guilty.
The attorney sent a clear message to the Trump administration: “Let me remind them that they themselves are under investigation… and may avail themselves to the presumption of innocence.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2017
Where are all the compassionate liberals in California, crying out for justice for an innocent woman murdered in cold blood? Where are the cries of “no justice, no peace”, as there were when police officers were being accused (before a trail even took place) of randomly shooting innocent African-Americans?
Would the response to Kate Steinle’s murder be the same if roles were reversed, and a white person murdered an illegal immigration from Mexico on the streets of San Francisco? Or would there be shouts for “justice” in the streets outside the court house, putting political pressure to find the white person guilty regardless of evidence?
Although the verdict was quickly brushed aside by the mainstream media, who much prefer to spin headlines that that reflect poorly on President Trump, the Department of Justice issued an arrest warrant for Zarate less than 24 hours after the not guilty verdict was rendered.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas has put out a new arrest warrant for Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, the multiple-felon illegal alien just acquitted of murder in the death of Kate Steinle.
The warrant stems from Zarate’s violating the conditions of his release from federal prison in 2015. Zarate had been convicted of illegally reentering the United States as a criminal after being deported multiple times, and sentenced to nearly four years in prison plus three more years of supervised release in addition to deportation.
A DOJ official informed Breitbart News that a detainer already exists that “requires this defendant to be remanded into the custody of US Marshals Service to be transported to the Western District of Texas pursuant to the arrest warrant.” This is the type of order San Francisco chose to disregard from ICE pursuant to their “sanctuary” policy when they first put Zarate back on the street.
By issuing the new warrant Friday, DOJ is setting up a showdown for when Zarate is released from his weapons charge – in essence daring San Francisco and the sanctuary state California to protect him again. So far, they have proven uncooperative. According to the U.S. Attorney’s petition for a new arrest warrant, “[A] request for records was submitted to the San Francisco County Superior Court. No response had been received at the time of this amended petition’s completion.”
Although Zarate’s legal troubles are far from over, I suspect this gives Kate Steinle’s family little consolation, as even though nothing will bring back the life of their loved one, finding Zarate guilty in her murder would have at least proven that justice can be served in America despite political opinions. Unfortunately, in this highly charged political environment, it appears no American institution can remain impartial in order to do their jobs with integrity.
As is common with extreme liberals, politics comes first in all things. Whether it be injecting politics into the NFL and driving away fans by the thousands, or using the intelligence community as a political weapon against a presidential candidate, no institution is safe from the corrupting effect of liberalism.
Talkshow host Michael Savage perhaps summed up the end result of the not guilty verdict for Kate Steinle’s murderer during his national radio broadcast on Friday: “A sea lion is worth more in San Francisco than a white woman.” Savage was referring to the California law making it illegal to kill a sea lion under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, resulting in up to a $100 fine and a year in prison. If Zarate’s gun had “accidentally” misfired and killed a sea lion, I suspect a jury in San Francisco would have no hesitation throwing the book at Zarate. However, in the eyes of liberals at least, Kate Steinle was just an innocent white woman, which in their political opinion appears to hold little value in today’s America.
California may be a “sanctuary state” now, but only for illegal aliens or those who benefit the ruling political class in the form or votes and support. If you aren’t of any use to the Democrats politically, then you will have little hope of finding justice or protection in California.