SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Jurors Thursday afternoon acquitted the illegal immigrant accused of killing Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on a crowded San Francisco pier of all charges except for felony possession of a firearm.

UPDATE: Trump Calls Steinle Verdict ‘A Complete Travesty Of Justice’; Renews Call For Border Wall

A spokesperson for the Superior Court of California made the announcement that the jury had reached a verdict shortly after 3 p.m. Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the shocking verdict was announced that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of all charges except for the gun possession charge.

Steinle murder trial verdict sketch (Vicki Behringer)

Jurors have been deliberating on the case since Tuesday, November 21, after prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their arguments whether Garcia Zarate was a hapless homeless man who killed Steinle in a freak accident or a calculated murderer intent on playing a sick game.

The jurors broke for the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Wednesday, November 22. Deliberations have been ongoing since the jury reconvened this past Monday.

The jury of six women and six men considered charges against Garcia Zarate that include murder, assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the death of Steinle, a 32-year-old Pleasanton native and San Francisco resident.


Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez spoke after the verdict was read, first taking a moment to offer condolences to the Steinle family.

“I hope that they do not interpret this verdict as diminishing in any way the awful tragedy that occurred,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was also quick to ask that the jury’s decision be held in the proper regard.

“This jury’s verdict should be respected,” Gonzalez said. “They heard the evidence. They deliberated as a group. They heard read back testimony. They looked at the physical evidence and they rendered a verdict to the best of their abilities in accordance with the law.”

The attorney also anticipated the likely criticism that could be forthcoming from some high-profile politicians who had already commented on the case.

“For those who might criticize this verdict – there are a number of people who have commented on this case in the last couple of years; the Attorney General of the United States and the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Gonzalez. “Let me just remind them: they are themselves under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington D.C. and they may soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence beyond a reasonable doubt, so I ask that they reflect on that before they comment or disparage the results of this case.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasted no time attacking San Francisco’s Sanctuary City policies after the not guilty verdict in the high-profile trial was made public.

Sessions issued a statement placing the blame for Steinle’s July 1, 2015 death on the city’s Sanctuary City policies, which limit cooperation and communication between local law enforcement and immigration authorities.

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

Steinle was walking with her father and a family friend in July 2015 when she was shot, collapsing into her father’s arms. Garcia Zarate had been released from the San Francisco jail about three months before the shooting, despite a request by federal immigration authorities to detain him for deportation.

He had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation.

Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan said that immigration officials will take custody of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate once his case concludes.

Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco prosecutor’s office, said the “verdict that came in today was not the one we were hoping for” but it was the jury’s decision and prosecutors would respect it.

Jurors did find Garcia Zarate guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi said that charge carries a potential sentence of 16 months to 3 years.

Jim Steinle, Kate’s father, told the San Francisco Chronicle the family was saddened and shocked by the verdict.
“There’s no other way you can coin it. Justice was rendered but it was not served,” he said in what he called the last interview he would do about the case.

Steinle’s death put San Francisco and its “sanctuary city” policy in the spotlight, as Democrats and Republicans lashed out at city officials for refusing to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

On Thursday evening President Trump tweeted that the jury had returned a “disgraceful verdict.” Trump said it is “no wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”

During the presidential race, then-candidate Donald Trump cited the killing as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies. Trump later signed an executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, a policy that a federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked Monday.

But the politics of immigration were not allowed to come up in the month-long trial.

San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia said she didn’t know why Garcia Zarate fired the weapon, but he created a risk of death by bringing the firearm to the pier that day and twirling around on a chair for at least 20 minutes before he fired.

She said he then ran away while other people tried to figure out what had happened. The bullet ricocheted on the pier’s concrete walkway before it struck Steinle.

“He did kill someone. He took the life of a young, vibrant, beautiful, cherished woman by the name of Kate Steinle,” she said.

Gonzalez said in his closing remarks that he knows it’s difficult to believe Garcia Zarate found an object that turned out to be a weapon that fired when he picked it up.

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and as awful as her death was, “nothing you do is going to fix that.”

He urged jurors to pick apart the facts of the case, instead of swallowing a ludicrous narrative by the prosecution that relied on circumstantial evidence.

Garcia called the defense’s argument just as implausible and told jurors to look at the entire picture.

The semi-automatic handgun used to kill Steinle was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger a week before the shooting.

Before the shooting, Garcia Zarate had finished a federal prison sentence for illegal re-entry into the United States and was transferred in March 2015 to San Francisco’s jail to face a 20-year-old charge for selling marijuana.

The sheriff’s department released him a few days later after the district attorney dropped the marijuana charge, despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deportation.

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Comments (257)
  1. Was the jury composed of 12 California Liberals? Are they all in the country legally?

    1. harris9513 says:

      I bet that jury has security.

      1. Security? Sure, to keep them from being mobbed as heroes by the liberal fks in commyfornia.

    2. David Kramer says:

      The judge who asked to keep politics out of the case put politics into the case! A travesty of justice to say the least! Absolutely appalling. President Trump will ABSOLUTELY weigh in on this! As he should.

      1. This verdict is the best reason yet for vigilante justice, and hopefully someone will administer it and settle this case once and for all time.

    3. Lyle Burwell says:

      How could he possibly not be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter?

      1. Obviously manslaughter. Or, in this case, just a young woman, so not so important.

    4. James Bowen says:

      If it was a jury of his peers, they’ll be 12 illegals all with multiple deportations and lengthy records. I’m surprised they didn’t somehow claim he was the victim.

    5. 12 products of CA Public Education, really stupid, but feel really good about themselves. Gonzales blaming Trump, what an ignorant buffone. SF is to blame, & run by the inmates. Illegal alien gets more justice than victim.

    6. Rick Davis says:

      Pelosi can shove those Dreamers up her butt. This will make President Trump even more determined to secure the border and build the wall…. silver lining.

  2. Jared Lamar says:

    Disgusting. No wonder Americans hate Commiefornia.

  3. This is how you get more Trump. Idiots.

    1. So liberal they let an illegal immigrant murderer off the hook UNBELIEVABLE!!! Wow!

    2. Dave Baur says:

      You are a perfect example of Liberalism as a Mental Disorder!

  4. Gene Evensen says:

    What a tragedy. Don’t know what I would be thinking if I were that beautiful young ladies Dad

      1. Yep, if it had been my daughter, no jury needed, for the illegal.

  5. Jim Brown says:

    Total miscarriage of justice. But what would one expect from a city jury pool of anti-American progressives and communists. No American is safe in any sanctuary city.

  6. Liberals have what they wanted, not only do GUNS kill, but the illegal pulling the trigger isn’t guilty.

    1. Not only that, I’ve heard he will soon be released on the streets with “time served” and will still be protected from immigration authorities.

      Where is the Zodiac when you need him?

  7. John Smith says:

    This verdict ensures another million votes for President Trump in 2020.

  8. Should have gotten the death penalty. If that was my daughter, there would be a contract out on him and it would involve things like torture.

  9. Okay, so San Francisco deserves every single murder it gets.

  10. An unbelieveable miscarriage of justice that leaves law abiding citizens heartbroken for Kate’s family and friends and……..the sanctuary city with her blood on it’s hands.

  11. Donny Dingle says:

    Good to know there is no punishment in San Francisco or California for killing a person if you didn’t aim directly at them.

    1. Ray Dodd says:

      Unless you are a white male

  12. Carol King says:

    He’s a murderer and the typical liberal SJW of SF refused to convict him because he’s an illegal. That city sucks and so does its inhabitants.

  13. David Koob says:

    Interesting that in San Francisco, the only illegal shooting is when a citizen tries to protect his/her family from an unprovoked attack.

  14. Glad Iz Nite says:

    Zarate will now be released for time served and good behavior. Gee, everyone makes mistakens! Give him a break! He is just here doing work that Americans won’t. Just a Dreamer!

  15. Jose Jimenez says:

    now what? we send him back to messyco and he comes back for the 6th time.

    1. Actually it will be his 7th time…he already came back 6 times.

  16. No reason to go to San Francisco for anything. Obviously its not safe and obviously the people in charge there don’t care. Disgusting!!

  17. Difference between Rodney King verdict is that white people won’t riot. Why would they they own everything anyway why would you want to break your own stuff 😛

  18. Pete Dosado says:

    Ir is inevitable that Garcia Zarate will sue San Francisco for putting him through the emotional wringer of a prosecution and jury trial that found him not guilty of murder! San Francisco will probably owe Zarate at least ten million dollars for this miscarriage of justice against him!

  19. Joe Jacobs says:

    it had been a white boy it would have been at least manslaughter only in mexifornia

  20. Thank you liberal democrats….I do believe it is time to build the wall and keep illegals out. Can you name another country that would hand down a verdict such as this….Way to go San Francisco.

  21. So where is this illegal now? Put up in the Ritz Carlton SF?

  22. Here’s to hoping REAL justice finds this illegal alien murderer soon.

  23. Will this criminal ever be dumped out of the US? Since he’s free again, I hope he ‘accidentally’ shoots at the defense attorney and the jury.

  24. Having sat on a couple of juries, I won’t 2nd-guess this one, since they saw all the evidence. But it looks to me that the D.A. either over-charged or simply botched the prosecution. Not even a guilty-verdict for the assault with a deadly weapon charge? And I wish this article had deigned to mention what degree the murder charge was – like I said, the D.A. may have over-charged.

  25. another OJ miracle, only in California..

  26. California is a cesspool. All independent and conservative Californians should evacuate California immediately. That state will rot all on it’s own because that’s the only result liberalism brings.

  27. Yet another instance of a gun simply lying on the pier sleeping peacefully. He disturbed it by picking it up and and it fired in anger.

    Yup, guns do that. Just like those that “went off while I was cleaning it” …. how the hell do you clean a loaded gun?

    I have a number of guns and they have all stood in the closet, one for 60 years, one for 50, but not one has ever gotten angry and run down the street shooting at people. Any jury that would believe such a story must be spending entirely too much time in the pot fields. Only in the land of fruits and nuts.

  28. If she was my daughter he wouldn’t live to see tomorrow.

  29. This is why the rest of the nation laughs at you Kalifornia. She is DEAD, died in her father’s arms. He shot her of which there is NO doubt, and he walks. You folks in SoCal are lost causes. Sad, pathetic, lost causes.

  30. Kevin Lee says:

    I guess he’s free to stay in California as long as he wants now. I hope that nobody else gets killed the next time he breaks the law.

  31. obbop says:

    I desire a successful military coup and installation of a military dictatorship. Every illegal would be gone and every traitor that supported them would be hard labor camps for life. After the invaders are gone and the traitors removed from society we will revert to civilian control.

  32. Paul Fries says:

    California might as well put up a big neon sign: Murderous Criminal Illegal Immigrants Welcome Here! We’ll Pay For Your Food And Housing!

  33. Brewer James says:

    Those jurors have no honor. I would never spend a single dollar in that cesspool of a state.

  34. Not Guilty??? where in America (Besides California) can you get away with murder?

  35. Mike Donovan says:

    Once again a POS walks free. Californians deserve this.

  36. Dio Heerai says:

    The wall just got 20 feet higher and ANY liberal opposition to it is now a political death sentence ..same for sanctuary cities….Kate did not die in vain, we the people will make sure of it

  37. Lulua Mahalo says:

    I hope he gets street justice.

  38. greatgosh says:

    Zarate will ride the lead float on the next 5 May parade. He will have his own calendar day and be given permanent citizenship and legal guardianship over San Diego streets. After all, he is the real victim in this tragedy.

  39. Rick Smith says:

    I hope someone finds a way to kill the murderer and his pos lawyer. If that was my daughter dying in my hands I would certainly find a way. The land of fruits and nuts on display.

  40. The girl was asking for the gun to fire. It was her fault. LOL

  41. How can it not be manslaughter?

  42. “it’s difficult to believe Garcia Zarate found an object that turned out to be a weapon that fired when he picked it up.” – Yup, it is utterly impossible to believe because weapons DON’T FIRE when ‘picked up’, only when the trigger is pulled as this career criminal did. Liberals will be the death of this country. I hope this arsehole meets his karma sooner than later……

  43. This proves the California Liberals point that it’s the gun and not who is holding it that commits the crime, the gun itself shot Kate, Zarate was an innocent bystander… We need to take the DACA Dollars and build the Wall NOW and much taller than first anticipated in order to save us from these type of accidents caused by people to stupid to hold a gun.

  44. This is a travesty of justice committed by the loony left progressives of San Francisco. If he didn’t get murder, manslaughter was appropriate unless you’re a San Francisco loon.

  45. David Teglas says:

    Kate Steinle would be alive today if there weren’t Sanctuary cities and a porous , unsecured border….now build the damn wall !

  46. ambiguousfrog says:

    When do the riots begin?

  47. Reed Smith says:

    Well done SF…you are now a national laughingstock

  48. Darren Shue says:

    Kate Steinle was just posthumously raped by Obama’s liberals in addition to being killed by an illegal alien.

  49. Build the Wall, No DACA, and twirl a gun around somewhere in close proximity to a left wing politician or better yet a regressive socialist judge. No one will blame you if there is an “accident.”

  50. Susan Borden says:

    Build the Wall on top of his carcass.

  51. Kalifornia needs to secede from the union. We should let their illegal aliens run roughshod over all of those libs and their security, and let them create their own constitution. In the meantime, if I were President Trump, I would order thousands of ICE agents into San Francisco, LA, San Diego, and Oakland. They need to deport all illegal aliens at once. All federal aid to Kalifornia needs to be shut off completely, and if the courts persist in disallowing this, Trump needs to do everything he can to make those Kalifornia libs miserable from the time they wake up from their benzodiazepine/alcohol-induced slumber until the time their methamphetamines wear off and they go to bed. I despise what libs have done to the state of my birth.

  52. This verdict is the reason I know we are living in the end of days!

  53. aeroloose says:

    It’s time to burn these cities to the ground and start over with American values.

  54. tngilmer says:

    I predicted this would happen in sicko, wacko, leftist San Fran. Now the mayor will probably have him over for lunch.

  55. Nathan Smith says:

    Perhaps this will be the straw that breaks the back .If he walks the street people will want to talk to him.

  56. We should help kalifornia secede. Think about how great a nation the rest of the union could be.

  57. As a native San Franciscan, I am outraged, I am humiliated, I am shocked at the behavior of the people on that jury who let that murderer off. The system has failed Kate’s family,band all of us! End the madness! NO MORE SANCTUARY CITIES! I PROTEST!

  58. hitrestart1 says:

    Final evidence that the rule of law in Mexifornia no longer exists. Once called the Land of Fruits and Nuts, hereafter it shall be officially recognized as the Land of Lawlessness. You deserve all the chaos coming your way, CA Progs.

  59. such b.s. they basically describe manslaughter and yet are found not guilty. How are these people this stupid!

  60. Dale Warren says:

    My already low opinion of California just dropped to the lowest point possible! It is now clear that radical, alt-Left, anti-American, socialist, Progressive Democrats define sanctuary status as entitling illegal alien criminals to murder U.S. citizens with impunity! Why would any decent person continue to live in such a place?

  61. Dave Gardner says:

    WHY WERE NO FEDERAL CHARGES FILED, he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm which is a FEDERAL law violation? A charge that would have gone to a federal court.

  62. Randy Romine says:

    I am surprised that anyone was shocked at the verdicts. After all, it is San Francisco and was a forgone conclusion before the trial began. They could have HD video, 100 witnesses and a signed confession and the results would have been the same.

  63. it is now legal for illegal to kill americans, just watch future cases now that this precedent has been set.

  64. Shameful. Shame on San Francisco. Shame on California. Utter and complete shamefulness. Zarate is a poster-boy for recidivism. So “despite a request from federal immigration officials to detain him for deportation” means Sanctuary City criminality by public officials is directly to blame for this. Like in the OJ case, no criminal justice but I hope that the family can bring a civil suit against those public officials that are clearly to blame.

  65. Another reason why morons should not be on juries. This eliminates most of the jury pool

  66. Jim Bruckner says:

    P239 has 10 lb trigger pull in dual action and 4 lb in single action… accidently went off.. I don’t think so

  67. The Steinle family says they aren’t angry. They a good Democrats and will continue to support sanctuary policies, while opposing the wall and President Trump, as they said so during the 2016 election. Bully for them! Maybe, an illegal can kill another one of them.

  68. California is now a lawless State, between this travesty of justice and your sanctuary policies, this is going to get bad and probably end with State dissolution!

  69. Gary Flatt says:

    Disgrace.Sorry from the rest of the country that there was no justice for this innocent girl and her family.Just awful!

  70. ice agents should go pick this guy up,take him in the desert and make him disappear.

  71. only in the commie state of fruits an nuts, so tell me 12 morons, you convicted him of carrying a gun
    so how do you think she died, explain that to rest of the country. hope you all sleep well at night

  72. Linda Cooke says:

    Apparently people in SF in particular and CA in general sure love their illegal immigrants and they don’t care how many innocent Americans have to die to keep them.

    1. Randy Romine says:

      All of the non-sanctuary states should pay for a one-way ticket and a little walking around money for illegals to move to sanctuary cities and states of their choice after they sign statements they would not return. Then, the non-sanctuary states should make social services and working in their states very difficult to return. This would put such a financial strain on those sanctuary entities that they would have to follow federal law or go completely bankrupt. They would have to raise taxes, which in turn, would have companies and taxpayers revolt at the ballot box.

  73. Scott Young says:

    I just cancelled our spring trip to California. Definitely not going to miss it.

  74. This is liberals getting even with Americans who dared to elect President Trump, we’ll show you bible thumping, gun lovers how much we can hate on you without a worry.

  75. Jim Williams says:

    If an illegal alien does not fit, a jury in a Sanctuary City must acquit.

  76. Jimmy John says:

    God’s ultimate judgment is coming for Cali. And, it’s going to be devastating…

  77. Ed Cole says:

    This is the biggest miscarriage of justice since the OJ verdict.

  78. Andy Smith says:

    Way to go San Francisco.
    You SUCK!!!

  79. Tony Oberley says:

    Liberal jury paying back whitey. Justice replaced by political correctness in California.

  80. Of course the true offender that should be on trial is the sanctuary city and now the sanctuary state. Kate would still be alive if not for their actions.

  81. SSki says:

    Hang the jury, literally. Or nuke SF. One of the two. Or both.

  82. Ken Blaze says:

    Thats liberal, disgusting California for you! Sick!

  83. If you choose to live in San Francisco you leave civilization behind. The life of a white citizen is worth exactly zero when illegals are tried.
    He will be out in a few years to do it again. That is today’s California.

  84. I would never live in the cesspool that is Ca.

  85. Frank Bella says:

    Today I lost faith in the American judicial system. I became ashamed that I live in the Bay Area, because only here could a jury be so bereft of what is right and wrong, and could slant their verdict through fogged liberal lenses. Only here could the pure legal definition of involuntary manslaughter be ignored in favor of the belief in extreme liberal and tolerant views. Only here could a good life be taken by a POS so carelessly and go without consequence. Shame on you San Francisco, shame on you Kate Steinle jury – you represent the moral degradation of our society.

  86. The illegal got off but at least the jury found that the gun was guilty and recommended life in prison

  87. “The bullet ricocheted on the pier’s concrete walkway before it struck Steinle.”

    Did the MSM report the above when the news first broke?

  88. What a disgrace Mexifornia is to this nation.

  89. AC Inoc says:

    I suppose if they are killing democrats its not the worst thing … Just sayin.

  90. Here’s a “dreamer” for you.

    “For those who might criticize this verdict – there are a number of people who have commented on this case in the last couple of years; the Attorney General of the United States and the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Gonzalez. “Let me just remind them: they are themselves under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington D.C. and they may soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence beyond a reasonable doubt, so I ask that they reflect on that before they comment or disparage the results of this case.”

    These libs are delusional. They excuse a murderer and at the same time throw in the “Trump”
    card, as if he had anything to do with Russia (Hi, Hillary. Uranium One called. They promised to send another check).

    I honestly believe we’ve all died and gone to Hell.


  91. Don’t visit San Francisco, simple as that. It’s a degenerate and evil place where you can get assaulted, robbed and killed, with no justice whatsoever. If any city needs an exorcism it’s S.F.

  92. How about we bring charges against the dumb ass forest ranger who lost the gun in the first place?

  93. Alan Wright says:

    This should take the same path as other total miscarriages of justice. DOJ should bring federal charges against this guy. Not murder or anything for which he was acquitted–can’t do double jeopardy. But depriving Kate of her civil rights (her life) with huge prison time.

  94. David Moore says:

    I saw this verdict coming from more than a mile away… and I live in Makawao, Maui! The moment those LaLa Land prosecutors went for a murder rap, their case was blown right out the window. First degree… second degree… whatever… no effing way! This was a horrific, inexcusable ACCIDENT! Prosecution should’ve gone for manslaughter… based their entire case on that, and presented a lock tight case that would’ve insured a manslaughter conviction. This was in no way a murder case! I do not blame the defense lawyers… they did their job, and a good job at that! Hats off to you guys. I despised their post-sentence interview with the media (FOX NEWS)… hell… I hated that pile of horse manure from them! Obvious textbook liberal d-bags! They chose to politicize this verdict before CNN, MSNBC, and the rest of the alphabet news orgs had their chance! Burn in hell, Zarate… you pinche’ pendejo!

  95. Mark Burns says:

    Mexifornia owned and operated by Moon Beam Brown and his illegal aliens.

  96. Respect the decision, says the lawyer. But if the decision had gone against him, he would have appealed.

    That’s how it works. When leftists get their way, a court decision is the end, the final decision. When leftists don’t get their way, they manipulate, trash the process, go around it until they get their way.

  97. Such a stupid remark by Trump, if he did indeed make it…I love Trump but; if a jury rules on the MERITS of the case; you shut your yap…Does the guy read like he is guilty? Sure. The real issue is; why was he here?
    The PTB use these obviously politically motivated to send messages…They can spin this a thousand ways; and they will…As long as they can figure out a way to make money on it…

  98. Gun involved? If the shooter was white it would be a “gun problem” and a “white privilege” problem. Since an ILLEGAL alien (their favorite type of immigrant) was involved then it was just a “gun problem” — case solved. RIP, Kate.

  99. So they say that he did not kill her. Then who did kill her???

  100. Difficult to understand who anyone who didn’t sit in the courtroom to see the evidence and the defense could criticize the unanimous decision of 12 good citizens who did, who deliberated diligently over an extended period, and performed their jobs as the Constitution anticipates in the 5th Amendment due process clause. This case highlights just how scurrilous it is for hack politicians to politicize the presumed guilt of anyone prior to their day in court.

  101. Where is he ,,, i’ll kill that spic myself !

  102. redknight says:

    I understand from news reports, just in the last 3 weeks, that Kate Steinle was shot 3 times. So, how is that a mistake… that gives Garcia Zarate a not guilty decision?

  103. If he had a gun that was illegal, he is responsible for the unintended consequences. If you go to rob someone and accidentally kill them, you are under the law responsible for murder.

  104. This is a travesty, and ALL Californians should protest this. NOBODY is safe if this behavior is tolerated. Nobody. This man was a 7-time felon, and that information was not given to the jury–it was portrayed as an “accidental discharge”. (Hmmm.. I own quite a number of firearms, and have NEVER had one discharge by itself. Ever.) CALIFORNIA, PROTEST THIS!! DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO SLIDE BY UNNOTICED!!

  105. Mike Mike says:


  106. Jim Morrison says:

    This Illegal Alien is getting a Hillary-Pass just like Barack Hussein’s Illegal Alien relatives, Auntie Zeituni and Uncle Onyango, received after they were discovered living in the shadows and breaking our laws.

  107. All this time and only after the trial did we learn the bullet was a ricochet. This changes my understanding of the case completely. I never understood how they could plea that this was an accident. If he mistakenly discharged the weapon, or just illegally discharged it, that is not murder and in my opinion shouldn’t be manslaughter. More like “accidental death due to reckless negligent behavior”.

    Its funny how the Left is applauding this decision, but if this were a white man discharging a gun…especially if he were a TEA Party type conservative, the Left would be as outraged about this verdict if he were white as the Right is today because this guy is a brown illegal. The Left wants to let the illegal skate but would demand life in prison had it been a white guy accidentally killing a brown or black woman…and gun confiscation nationwide…

    So, its not murder or manslaughter. That doesn’t change the fact that the guy was already a multiple felon deported several times already and now has a new felony weapons possession charge. He should do 20 years (but he wont) and be deported again, and if caught in the country again, he should serve another 20 years, and none of it has to do with Kate Steinle.

  108. Gary O'Neal says:

    In liberal America, holding a gun is a far worse offense than killing a white woman.

    Pay attention, people. Your life is on the line here. And if you happen to be white, the liberals don’t care.

  109. So using the defenses and jury’s logic a gang banger that sprays a school ground and misses his target but kills a random kid is not guilty because he had “no motivation to kill the victim”. No wonder Ca. is a sewer. CALEXIT good for California good for United States.

  110. In the law, if person 1 safely drives an Unregistered car on the road and person 2 loses control and pulls into person 1’s lane and person 2 dies, the person driving the illegal vehicle (person 1) is responsible for the death. Why? Because since the illegal vehicle should not have been there in the first place, the accident would not have happened and person 2 would be alive.

    Also, if someone collapses from a medical condition, you can walk by the person on the ground without rendering assistance, no obligation. BUT, if you act, and try to perform a tracheotomy because you think he’s choking, but the victim is narcoleptic, YOU are responsible because you decided to render assistance and are responsible for your actions.
    He had no obligation to report the ‘found’ gun on the ground. But once he picked it up, he’s responsible for the results. If he walked over to a police officer and handed it over, great. But since he decided otherwise, he owns it.

    Also, in the article, the defense lawyer stated “But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and as awful as her death was, “nothing you do is going to fix that.””
    OK, so now anyone that doesn’t intend to kill anyone, but causes a death, is innocent? You, sir, just absolved all of those evil corporations that ‘kill’ people with their irresponsible actions, polluting, unsafe products, etc. They had no intentions of killing anyone, it just happened. The defense “I didn’t mean to do that, so I’m not responsible” was not a valid defense, until now. Thank you, San Francisco, for setting a new legal precedent.

    So when he gets out in 18 months, he’ll get early release on humanitarian reasons, he’ll get deported. In 5 years, when this guy re-enters the USA illegally again, he’ll get a ticker tape parade on the piers in SF… A hero’s welcome home.

    California in general, San Francisco specifically, values the life of an illegal immigrant with a gun, over the life of an innocent young lady walking with her Dad . Another good reason to not visit.

  111. Brian Mossie says:

    A white woman dies at the hand of an illegal criminal Mexican alien who uses an illegally obtained weapon and the illegal criminal Mexican alien is only found guilty of a firearm possession charge and the illegal criminal Mexican alien will most likely get time served as a sentence. Lefty justice in a sanctuary city. Boycott San Francisco.

  112. Jim Hoffmann says:

    The verdict and the defense attorney’s deflection about Trump just proves that you can live in California and still be stupid . . . Wait! Never mind. That’s an absolute.

  113. If he were White, the verdict would have been GUILTY!

  114. As Kate lay in her father’s arms, dying, she begged her father to help her. I hope the jurors nor the judge ever have such a tragedy befall them.

  115. Mike Arvand says:

    Apparently the people that really need to be on trial and sentenced to death row – are the asshats that let this POS go free.

    Ca, no surprise that they’d rule against am American citizen.

  116. Arfy Warfy says:

    Insane. Just insane. Nobody killed this women?

  117. Arfy Warfy says:

    This is why I pray that most of SF gets buried in a large earthquake.

  118. As a felon he was in commission of a felony by possessing the gun he used to kill Kate Steinle.

    Killing anyone during the commission of a felony is murder.

    He admitted to shooting her which was the cause of her death.

    So, how did this jury find him not guilty of anything except the possession of the gun as a felon?

    What good will it do to deport him? He had already been deported 5 times. It didn’t keep him from coming back and killing Kate Steinle..

    California. Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there? No. Wouldn’t want to visit it either.

  119. Today my heart cries out for the Steinle family who are, once again, the victims of the “progressive” government of San Francisco. Zarate did have a jury of his peers: people who don’t respect the law and don’t value the lives of citizens. This verdict is an outrage.

    Today and for the foreseeable future, we are ashamed to admit we are from the “progressive” state of California. In California, you can be an illegal alien who has committed at least one felony, be in possession of a stolen firearm, discharge that gun on a crowded pier causing the death of a productive tax paying citizen and be found guilty only of being a felon in possession of a firearm. And the odds are you’ll get off with time served.

    The government of this state, run by “progressives”, has no moral character.

  120. Tanner Boyle says:

    this once again proves that people in San Fran are complete idiots!

  121. Jaques Jones says:

    Time for justice of another kind. This is lowlife vermin and should be treated as such. CLOSE THE BOARDER!

  122. Build a wall around SF, at least, and herd all the illegals in. Put a strong security force at the door and let them all live happily and perverted together in paradise. Make sure the judge stays in. I hope somehow this is remedied. That judge is a joke and a jerk.

  123. Rudy Gold says:

    San Fran and the people there “own” this travesty of injustice. CA is “the swamp”.

  124. Steve Neely says:

    Sanctuary San Francisco killed Kate and its fine citizens on the jury loosed the instrument of the killing back into the community. The only way this was not homicide in some degree was if she survived. She did not.

  125. Fred Doe says:

    As an ex Californian I can say that San Francisco, Sacramento and LA need neutron bombs deployed above them. Very few American citizens would be hurt, and the plaque of illegals and progressives would be greatly diminished.

  126. There is a higher court this criminal will face and I pray the verdict of that court also applies to the jury of this court!

  127. A general goes to prison for a lie and an illegal goes free for killing a US citizen. Yes, that makes sense…

  128. Is there something in the water in California that causes brain damage?

  129. No real surprise. Stupid @#$t like this is why I left CA many years ago, and never looked back. The state is turning into a cesspool.

  130. Fred Russo says:

    Hell, most thinking people gave up on California years ago. There just not worth any effort!

  131. John Oakman says:

    Isn’t Illegal immigration wonderful—Vote DimoRat.

  132. rufusvondufus says:

    Someone should take that attorney, Gonzalez out to the woods and administer some justice to that axehole which would be permanent and then get the illegal who murdered that beautiful young woman. California needs to be dropped from the union until they come to their senses and if they don’t we should fid ourselves of all of those liberal pukes.

  133. Bob Wilke says:

    Track him down and execute him in the street like the dog that he is.

  134. rufusvondufus says:

    Californicate is cutting their own throat and it will only be a while before the bleed out!

  135. Joe Tairei says:

    The Steinle family should sue the SF sheriff and the mayor for illegal “sanctuary” protection of a murderer. The INS requested they detain him for deportation, but instead they released him, and as a result this young woman is dead.

  136. So sad for that family to have no justice served. I hope those jurors can sleep at night knowing what a disservice they did to this grieving family as for the defense attorney who made it a political game, I hope he gets run over by a trolley car.

  137. This is how bad the “Swamp” is, folks. And, as you can see, it’s not restricted to Wash., DC, only. It’s pervasive throughout the country. I literally cannot understand how the people of SF can sleep at night. This city, and other of the other Sanctuary Cities around the country are run be Democrud politicians who cannot possibly possess anything close to a human conscience. It may be just about time for all people who champion decency and justice organize and start pushing back!

  138. So when will the riots end? notice how the right respond to injustice….

  139. In California they think ‘the gun’ murdered see, guns, not people, kill other people.

  140. Jim Padgett says:

    “It was the GUNS fault.”

  141. Samuel Green says:

    I’ll be honest, at first I was outraged, but as I looked at the actual facts, I came to the conclusion that accidental shootings, even accidental shootings due to negligence (Which is what this probably was) happen.

    While I’m a lifelong democrat, my party is a disgrace. I’m pro 2nd amendment and I retired from the military to protect our freedoms, those freedoms came at a price, while I served to protect my people and America, morons like Obama, enacted legislation that directly opposes the Constitution, it’s pathetic, he’s a backstabbing weasel.

    IMHO< These jurors should have found him guilty of 2nd degree murder or similar, I don't believe he meant to killer her, but at the end of the day he did. Convicted felons should not have guns and this immigrant criminal had one.

    But what I'm truly upset about is that this convicted immigrant felon, one deported 5 times, is not serving a serious sentence of entering the USA illegally for the 5th time.
    Barack Obama is directly to blame with this. Had he enforced the law and followed the letter of the law, this wouldn't have happened.

    He's a disgrace as is his resist movement, as far as I'm concerned, he's the worst president in modern times, and he's still hurting America.

    I can only hope this 5x deported felon, gets every bit of the max sentence followed by one last deportation, if he comes back to America, he should be put in Guantanamo bay for life.

  142. A political verdict, it had to be. The judge should throw this verdict out.

  143. Rick Fischer says:

    “twirling a gun around” is a reckless action indifferent to bodily harm. If I speed the wrong way down a one-way street and kill someone, I will not get a not guilty verdict. If I ride a bike on the sidewalk and knock someone into the path of a car, I will not get a not guilty verdict. Only an illegal alien in California kill someone and walk free. Why does any American live in that state?

  144. I was happy to read that a white guy in Temecula stabbed to death a young Hispanic guy in the Walmart parking lot. Let’s kill some more, amigo!

  145. Kate was “unavailable for comment”.

  146. Lou Coatney says:

    The jurors have thus made themselves accessories after the fact to her killing and should be prosecuted accordingly.

  147. Patently there are places you should never go. One of them is San Francisco. For that matter, stay away from California and any of the big cities in America today. Justice has not been done but it shall be done eventually by God where it really matters. Don’t fall into the trap of taking it into your own hands because that is against God and you will be held directly accountable by God if you do. The best you can do in life these days is give yourself over to Christ and let him deal with it no matter what the outcome is for you. In the end you will fair better for it. Keep following Christ and watch your back is the best you can really do. What we see here is only going to get worse as man thinks he can solve our problems rather than to follow the basic laws set down by the Creator God. It will get much worse before God ends it all and then it will get better. It’s just a matter of time, time that is growing shorter by the second.

  148. Somebody kill that illegal spic

  149. Came here from Drudge, left for for more real California news.

  150. The Serpent of the CESSPIT called San FranWhacko has reared its head once again and urinated on the Laws and the People of California and the Country. BOYCOTT San Francisco!! “If you’re going to San Francisco…make sure to wear a Bullet Proof Jacket…because..In San Francisco, you’re going to Meet a Lot of KILLERS there”!!!! The Smug Grins on the SF Marxists tells it ALL….ILLEGAL Criminals have MORE Rights than any American….that is for SURE!! Better RUN and Hide Garcia!! The People KNOW WHO you Are…and WE saw what YOU DID!!!

  151. Who knew they re-empaneled the OJ jury?

  152. Julie Kemp says:

    At the VERY LEAST he should have been convicted of involuntary Manslaughter. America, WE ARE IN TROUBLE!!!!.

  153. Ron Mose says:

    pure favor for an illegal alien from a liberal sanctuary city. Go to hell San Francisco. You and L.A. are hated.

  154. I hate you Bay Area (and I live here). This is a city of narcissists, fops, fools and the demented.

  155. So he is guilty of “possession of a weapon” with his fingerprints on it and not guilty for the death of the girl! I just wish California would secede from the Union, the stupid officials that released this guy back on the streets should be held accountable for this girls death!!