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Kate Steinle verdict: Calif. condones travesty of justice

Posted by on | December 2, 2017 | No Comments

illegal acquitted of homicide, receives slap on the wrist

The San Francisco Chronicle struck the right note with the headline that sits atop its editorialJustice not served in slaying trial of Kate Steinle.” It veers far off base from there, commending the judge for admonishing the jurors not to consider the overriding political implications that made this a national story. The editorialist writes, “President Trump and Fox News commentators have often invoked Kate Steinle’s name as justification for cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities and building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The editorial concludes, “The judge was absolutely right: The political dynamics had no bearing on Garcia Zarate’s culpability for Steinle’s death.”

In our view the judge was absolutely wrong. Uncontrolled lawlessness breeds more of the same as we’ve seen countless times. The citizens of the United States deserve a secure border and enforcement to protect them from a continued influx of criminal aliens.

The facts of the case are well known.

Kate Steinle, 32, was strolling the San Francisco Pier with her father, when she was struck in the back by a bullet shot from a stolen gun wielded by seven-time felon Jose Garcia Zarate an illegal alien who repeatedly reentered the U.S. after multiple deportations. Kate Steinle died h her father’s arms.

 On Thursday, Garcia Zarate was acquitted of the homicide — or even on a charge of involuntary manslaughter — though the jury convicted him of illegally possessing the gun. He could be released on time served as he awaited trial.

Disbelief at the disgraceful verdict has been followed by outrage.  President Trump was elected in large part on his promise to build a wall along the southern border. Exacerbating the situation is the proliferation of what have become known as “sanctuary cities” which refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on deporting these costly lawbreakers. These lawless cities, such as San Francisco, have given rise to “sanctuary states,” such as California.  The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR} estimates the burden nearing a staggering $135 billion a year.

Public safety is imperiled by increasing criminality. The mindset of the liberal lawmakers in these jurisdictions is incomprehensible.

 There is something the rest of us can do. Stop vacationing in San Francisco.

Let the loss of your tourist dollars speak for Kate Steinle as California’s criminal justice system failed to. Arizona has a growing wine industry. Fine restaurants and upscale resorts can be found around the state. We have the renown splendor of the Grand Canyon, the unparalleled beauty of Sedona, along with both water and snow skiing. The White Mountains are mossy underfoot, a  cool and densely green summer getaway and in the winter, white with snow. For dune buggy enthusiasts, Yuma has sand dunes that rival the Sahara. Fishing and boating in our many lakes and rivers is a favorite pastime. Golf can be played in the Valley year round.

San Francisco is a liberal bastion undeserving of our support.

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