Trump bashed his way into the White House by demonizing foreign nationals. The 2015 San Francisco Garcia-Zarate trial enabled the rabble rousing demagogue Trump to feed red meat to his base of xenophobic and fearful Nationalist followers. Now, the Garcia-Zarate case will move from State to Federal Court and provide the Trump megaphone with another excuse to summon the narrow minded racist portion of the American public as he practices the dark political arts to gain another four years in power.
Excerpted from San Francisco Examiner 6.19.2019
New trial date likely to be set for undocumented man acquitted in killing of Kate Steinle
The long-delayed federal gun case against an undocumented immigrant at the center of a national controversy over the killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle is expected to move forward on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
In a 7-2 decision Monday, the Supreme Court upheld an exception to the U.S. Constitution, which says that no one shall be tried twice for the same crime. The exception allows both the state and the federal government to charge a person over a single incident as “separate sovereigns.”
The decision clears the way for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate on gun charges stemming from the day the 46-year-old Mexican national fired a bullet that ricocheted off a San Francisco pier and killed Steinle nearly four years ago on July 1, 2015.
Jurors in San Francisco Superior Court had already acquitted Garcia-Zarate of murder and manslaughter by the time the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him in December 2017. The jury had also convicted him of illegal gun possession.
Featured photo – July 7, 2015 file photo, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, right, is led into the courtroom by late San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, left, and Assistant District Attorney Diana Garciaor, center, for his arraignment at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)