SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A judge says he’s skeptical of a Mexican national’s claim that he’s a target of a vindictive federal prosecution because a San Francisco jury had acquitted him of murder in a case at the center of a heated national debate over immigration.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said Tuesday that Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate faces an uphill battle proving federal gun charges were brought solely because of politics.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial: San Francisco DA Boudin Says 'A Long Way To Go' On Reform After Guilty Verdicts
A San Francisco jury acquitted Garcia-Zarate of murder in the July 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier.READ MORE: With Reservoir Levels Low, Mandatory Water Restrictions Loom For Marin Residents
He had been released from jail weeks earlier despite federal immigration request to detain him for deportation. San Francisco’s so-called sanctuary city policy bars local cooperation with federal deportation efforts.
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