In the largest travesty of justice since Bowe Bergdahl was allowed to go free without prison time, the illegal immigrant who murdered American citizen Kate Steinle was found not guilty by a San Francisco jury, despite numerous police witnesses to Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s presence at the scene, her father being present during the shooting, and ballistics evidence.
The defense has long maintained that the shooting was an accident and Zarate found the gun, which had been stolen from the vehicle of an agent of the Bureau of Land Management days prior to the murder.
The jury could have found Zarate guilty of a lesser charge such as Manslaughter, but chose not to. Zarate was found guilty of possessing a gun while a felon. He also faces deportation, which would be the 6th time he has been removed from the country.
The murder of Kate Steinle has become a key example of why the US needs to enforce its immigration laws. Enforcement had become lax over the last couple of decades, particularly in the 8 years of the Obama Administration, and President Trump made immigration the centerpiece of his campaign for the White House.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had even introduced “Kate’s Law” named after Steinle, which would strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, which are cities which refuse help enforce immigration law. San Francisco, the city in which Kate Steinle was murdered and which has now let her killer go, is a proud sanctuary city and has even been a party to several lawsuits against the Trump Administration’s efforts to enforce existing law.