By Rick Oltman, December 4, 2017
The illegal alien who admitted firing the gun that killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier on July 1, 2015 has been found not guilty of the charge of second degree murder by a San Francisco jury.
The response from the media is predictable, because the response from some of the media during the trial was typical of what you would expect from the Sanctuary State of California. And this verdict is also what you might expect from a San Francisco jury.
I have been in the San Francisco Courthouse at 850 Bryant Street in San Francisco many times over the years. I sat with a Bologna family member at the arraignment of Edwin Ramos, the killer of three Bologna family males in 2008. There were more deputies surrounding the family member and me than there were around the defendant. Ramos, thankfully, was found guilty.
I have stood in the hallway outside the courtroom as the jury members are temporarily dismissed from the courtroom. It is nteresting, to say the least, to see what and who make up a jury pool in San Francisco today.
The juries are mostly GenXers and Millenials, the offspring and grandchildren of the Baby Boomers. The image of some of them is what we used to call, “A Movie Minute.” Many have nose rings, and other body piercings. They have tattoos galore, all over their arms and shoulders, neck and back. (In past times, tattoos like that would say something to me like “Wanted.” But it is now the norm.) The hair styles are crazy. And the colors range from pink to orange to green. Not all look bizarre, of course, most don’t. But what I just described is common place. And as San Franciscans, they are also “elite, overeducated and uber-liberal.”
A good example of the mindset of a San Francisco jury was told to me by a reporter writing about a recent murder case where the jury watched a recording of the accused confess to the killing to the police, and yet their first vote on the case was split 6-6!
I knew at the time the charges were announced that it would be difficult to impossible to convict Jose Ines Garcia Zarate when he was charged with second degree murder. I remember thinking that a San Francisco jury would hear the word “murder,” and regardless of the definition, not find him guilty. I wondered at the time if that was why the second degree murder charge was selected, to make a conviction more difficult.
Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as: 1) an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable “heat of passion”; or 2) a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender’s obvious lack of concern for human life.
Kate Steinle’s illegal alien killer was sitting on the pier holding a stolen gun which he fired, by accident, and the .40 caliber bullet ricocheted off the pier striking the victim, killing her. It was an accident, but he killed her none-the-less. He admitted to it. Was it “murder” the way a layman would interpret the word? No.
Was it negligent homicide? Yes.
It is not surprising that a San Francisco jury could decide that he was not guilty of “murder,” regardless of the legal definition or jury instructions by the judge.
Maybe it’s time to make another version of “12 Angry Men,” and depict what goes on inside a Sanctuary Francisco jury room. They could call it “12 Triggered Social Justice Warriors.”
A former San Francisco District Attorney, with plenty of experience with San Francisco juries, opined that the jury probably felt more sympathy for the illegal alien than the victim. That is believable.
An hour or two after the verdict was reported, the sidewalks outside the court house only saw reporters. The streets were not filled with protestors screaming epithets or hurling containers filled with urine and feces, as it might have been had he been found guilty.
In our civilization it is the civilized who accept the processes we have created, be they in the courtroom or the ballot box. Just thought I would mention it.
There was an ironic comment posted on the website of a local newspaper that announced the acquittal. The poster suggested that they should have charged the illegal alien with shooting at a seal under the pier. That would have gotten him a life sentence.
I can’t speak for Kate Steinle, but I can speak for myself. And if it was me who was killed in this incident I would rejoice from the great beyond at all the attention and outrage this verdict has produced. It has sent yet another message coast to coast and loud and clear to our elected officials about the outrageous behavior of sanctuary cities and the need for serious immigration law enforcement.
The federal government issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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