Friday, December 1, 2017

Jury As Ultimate Judge of Facts

Also jury as ultimate evidence of California credulity.  12/1/17 Daily Mail:
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who has been deported five times, was acquitted of second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon on Thursday after Steinle, 32, was gunned down on July 1, 2015.
The shooting sparked a nationwide debate on removing illegal immigrants with criminal records and ignited Trump's campaign rallying cry to stop funding sanctuary cities.Though Garcia Zarate admitted to shooting Steinle in the back, he has maintained that the gun went off accidentally.
He was also not found guilty of involuntary manslaughter or assault with a firearm, and was only convicted on being a felon in possession of a weapon. ...

The semi-automatic handgun used to kill Steinle was stolen from a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger a week before the shooting. 
The defense has said that Garcia Zarate found the gun wrapped in a shirt under a chair on the pedestrian pier and it went off by accident when he picked it up.

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"It went off accidentally": Yeah, right.   A friend's father was convicted of murder while claiming the failure of the safety caused an accidental shot that killed his wife's lover in the dead guy's home, where he had gone to confront the adulterers.  A jury in the Central Valley was not as credulous as this jury.


  1. Evidence says he was 73' away, the bullet ricocheted, it had a hair trigger. So accident was obvious. But the judge and prosecutor are elected California officials .nuff said

  2. Ricochet can be determined from the condition of the bullet.
    I want to see photos of the bullet as extracted from the deceased.
    Then I will decide how to react.
    No justice, no peace, you know.

  3. Is a 4-lb. pull considered a 'hair trigger'?

  4. To people whose knowledge of guns is coming from Hollywood, and double action revolvers, that's a hair trigger.