Yesterday Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle.

My initial reaction was that of outrage, since Garcia, previously deported five times, had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a standing federal deportation order (yes, one more deportation order) and San Francisco is a sanctuary city.

Patterico, who is a prosecutor, posted,

I didn’t see the trial, so I don’t know if the verdict was rational or irrational. However, only in the last few days did I learn some facts that made it sound like a tough case. It was a single ricochet shot off pavement. The interview was poorly conducted and failed to clearly establish that he pulled the trigger, due to a translation issue. I am not shocked by the verdict and it may be right.

Why did the jury reach this decision?

Sarah Rumpf looks at the case:

These two facts are undisputed by the prosecution and defense:

  1. On July 1, 2015, Kate Steinle was fatally struck in the back by a single bullet as she walked on Pier 14 with her father to view the San Francisco Bay. 
  2. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States, fired the gun that killed Steinle. 

The complicated part is pretty much everything else.

The defense presented a credible case that the death was an accident, while the prosecution pressed for a first degree murder conviction (which would have meant that Garcia premeditated killing Steinle).

The jury convicted Garcia Zarate of a lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a gun, and is pending sentencing:

there is an outstanding U.S. Marshals Service warrant against him, and despite the sanctuary cities policy, San Francisco apparently does turn over undocumented immigrants to the feds when they have a warrant.

I urge you to read Rumpf’s lengthy post.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

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Four years ago a US representative out of Missouri named Todd Akin made a comment concerning how the female human body reacts to rape..

It became national news and every single republican running for office was made to answer for that statement.  No matter where you were running or what you were running for, as far as the MSM was concerned it was your job to publicly comment and or denounce Rep Akin for his remarks and if you did not it was a sign that you were part of a Republican “War on women”.

Fast forward a few years.  Thanks to Donald Trump the subject of sanctuary cities and the murder of Katheryn Steinle has become national news.

Young Ms. Steinle’ murder by a man deported multiple times has created a very loud debate on the subject on Sanctuary cities and lo and behold another member of congress has made an incredible comment to the press in defense of Sanctuary Cities

REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ: Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.

Excuse me?  Did a sitting US Congressman just call the violent murder of a young woman before her father’s eyes in broad daylight  by a man deported multiple times “a little thing”?  This could not be the case, let’s go to the video

Now this raises a whole host of red flags.

#1. Representative Gutierrez spoke this on camera to a reporter who apparently did not find referring to the brutal murder of Ms. Steinle right in front of her father as “a little thing” significant.

#2 As of this writing it has been six days since the initial broadcast and no members of the MSM have decided that Mr. Gutierrez statement concerning the Steinle murder were newsworthy enough to question.

#3 In the seven days that Representative Gutierrez made his statement none of the fellow members of his party have been asked to comment on his statement to affirm or condemn them.

Given that Sanctuary cities are a national issue, Representative Gutierrez is considered a significant voice supporting them, and their significance to the presidential, it would seem inconceivable that the questions I’ve raised above have not produced a multitude of his and questions.

Therefore I would like to ask the following questions publicly:

To Telemundo:

1.  When you heard Representative Gutierrez refer to the murder of Ms Steinle as “a little thing” you did not question him.  Why?

2.  Did any member of your audience contact the station(s) after this broadcast to complain about the characterization of the Steinle murder as “a little thing”?  If so how many?

2.  Do you agree with Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”?  Why or why not?

To the reporter Janet Rodríguez whose piece this was:

1.  When you were editing this piece and heard Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing” how did you react?

2.  At any time in the preparation of this piece did you make an attempt to contact Representative Gutierrez to clarify his remark referring to the murder of Ms Steinle as a “little thing”?

3.  Did anyone in the editorial department upon viewing the segment prior to broadcast note the statement of Representative Gutierrez concerning the Steinle murder as something to follow-up on?

To the national English Language press:

1.  At what point were you aware of the statement of Representative Gutierrez referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”?

2.  Did you consider a sitting member of congress referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing” newsworthy?  If not why not?

3.  Do you consider Representative Gutierrez’s statement referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing” more or less newsworthy than Representative Akin’s statement on rape and why?

4.  Do you have any intent on asking the Democrat Candidates for president to either comment on and/or condemn the statement of Representative Gutierrez concerning Kathryn Steinle?  If not why not?

5.  Do you have any intention of questioning Representative Gutierrez concerning this comment, if not why not, is so then when?

Finally I have three questions for all of the Democrat Candidates for president: Hillary Clinton, Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley & Lincoln Chafee:

1.  Do you agree with Representative Luis Gutierrez characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”.

2.  Will you condemn and call on your fellow Democrat candidates to condemn Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing”

3.  Will you call on Representative Gutierrez to apologize to women in general and the Steinle family in particular for referring to Kathryn Steinle’s murder as “a little thing”.

I’d be very interested in hearing the answers to these questions wouldn’t you?  And if I don’t get any answers that leads to one more question for all the people above:

If Representative Gutierrez was a Republican rather than a democrat would you be treating his statements differently than you are now?

In fairness we already know the answer to that one, don’t we?

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I’m taking another look at what Donald Trump said during his announcement speech that have caused such a fuss and the incredible feeding frenzy that has come from it

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Looking at this statement and the reaction I can’t help but think that’ this feeding frenzy is exactly what both the media and the Donald want it to be.

When you have a 16 person field the thing you need above all others is attention and Attention is something Mr. Trump was looking for long before his sudden dive into electoral politics.

Every single day that Trump is in the headlines other presidential candidates are not.  Every day that Donald Trump words are the headline then the only thing the media will care about when it comes to the rest of the GOP fields is “what do they think about Trump?”.

In terms of press & attention that instantly gives them also-ran status.  There are only so many broadcast hours in the day, and if the only thing that is getting covered is Trump this & Trump that then unless you already had big name recognition (Like say Jeb Bush) then you’re pretty much out of business when it comes to press attention.  Consider this interview on CNN:

The media and their culture are, with good reason firmly established as the enemy in the minds of conservative voters. Every single day that it’s Media culture vs Trump, is a day trump wins. Consider this on Fox interview:

He now has the excuse to bring up his backup documents on camera and BOOM 2nd place. This tweet sums it up

The link goes to a post on the Kathryn Steinle murder that I’ve already written about.  If these stories, which have been ignored for years, by the MSM start breaking through because of Trump it could become a game changer.

But as much as Donald Trump loves the results of his statement the media loves it even more but that’s the next post.

Update: And here he comes:

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” Trump said in the wake of news reports that Francisco Sanchez, the man accused of murdering 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco, is a career criminal who had previously been deported to Mexico five times.

Later, he tweeted: “Where are the other candidates now that this tragic murder has taken place b/c of our unsafe border,” adding: “We need a wall.”

This morning when I woke up and found that CNN & the rest of the media is still all in on Donald Trump, they featured a hispanic former pageant contestant to hit Trump over his comments concerning illegal immigration.

I’ll be touching on those comments in a later post but while the media has been delighting in going after Mr. Trump words as “insulting” but while I was busy driving home from the Catholic Radio Symposium in Charlotte NC Donald Douglas at American Power was covering the story of Kathryn Steinle

The family of a San Francisco woman who was killed in a seemingly random act of violence is mourning her loss as police continue to search for a motive.

On Thursday, police announced that Texas resident Francisco Sanchez was arrested in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, known to friends and family as Kate. The 45-year-old has been formally charged with her murder.

The arrest was facilitated by witness with cell phones technology

 

Investigators quickly emailed other officers some cell photos taken by witnesses of the suspect. Police found Sanchez about an hour after the shooting, hiding in front of a restaurant on the corner of Embarcadero and Townsend.

 

ABC 7 news San Francisco has more (emphasis mine)  

Police say Sanchez is on probation in Texas. ABC7 News sources tell us he’s been deported to Mexico several times and that his rap sheet includes aggravated assault.

In the meantime, the victim’s family is in shock. The victim’s brother, Brad Steinle, says his sister loved to make people laugh and smile that he’ll miss everything about her   Now granted I don’t claim to know more than the people at CNN New Day or any of the other members of the MSM who have gone all in on Donald Trump’s remarks but given a murder of a 32 year old woman by a person with a history of aggravated assault who has been deported multiple times might just be more newsworthy than another D list hispanic celeb hitting Donald Trump. But I guarantee you that as far as CNN & the rest of the MSM is concerned the Kathryn Steinle has no news value, it doesn’t fit the meme they wish to advance. I’ll give the last word to Stacy McCain

Update: In the time it took me to write this post the Top of the hour came up and while CNN’s new day found the comments of yet another hispanic celb worth top of the hour coverage apparently they find less value in the life and death of Kathryn Steinle.

Update 2: Blazing Cat Fur has a tale of two narratives

Update 3:  Donald Douglas updates, killer has confessed

 

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