No Justice for Kate Steinle in California
Imagine if crime victims had as many rights as criminals in California.
But we live in the age of pro-crime "criminal justice reform" where lefties champion murderers, rapists and muggers, especially if they're illegal aliens, and the media sweeps the human toll of pro-crime policies under the rug.
Kate Steinle was murdered. The illegal alien killer got a soft tap on the wrist. Now the soft tap has also been removed.
A California state appeals court Friday overturned the lone conviction against an undocumented immigrant who shot and killed Kate Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015, a case which drew national attention and became a flashpoint in the debate over illegal immigration.
Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, who was in the U.S. illegally had been deported to his native Mexico five times, was acquitted in November 2017 of first and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semi-automatic weapon. He was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned that conviction because the judge failed to give the jury the option of acquitting Garcia-Zarate on the theory he only possessed the weapon for a moment.
Well of course.
You can't prove that Zarate just found the gun, held it for a moment, then it accidentally went off in his hands, somehow killing a young woman, and then this solid citizen went off to do some volunteer work at a homeless shelter.
For that matter, we can't prove that the same people who killed JFK and O.J.'s wife didn't do it.
Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Steinle's parents against San Francisco. The lawsuit maintained that the city’s so-called sanctuary policy and San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi bore responsibility for Steinle’s death.
Of course it did.
Illegal aliens killing Americans is a victimless crime in California.