What is clear is that a person died at the hands of another person and that there will be no consequ

By -- Fred Kirby—— Bio and Archives--December 4, 2017

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We weren’t in the court room so most of us will never know how the prosecution or the defense presented their cases in the Kate Steinle trial. What we do know is that a felon who was deported previously, had served time in jail for illegal entry and drug possession, had stolen the weapon which killed Steinle and was “playing” with it when it discharged, was found not guilty.

The defendant, Garcia Zarate, was represented by a Public Defender. Why the prosecution didn’t opt for a lesser charge is unclear. What is clear is that a person died at the hands of another person and that there will be no consequences. Obviously, mistakes were made in this case.

What is troubling to me is the focus on the jury. They could only make their decision based on evidence presented and instruction given to them.There certainly could be an element of political correctness given the venue and political climate in California but that was up to the lawyers to negotiate by eliminating certain jurors or asking for a change of venue. While this case has many people up in arms, the jurors should not be on the receiving end of a witch hunt. They were good citizen doing their civic duty to the best of their ability. The jury system is too important to be tainted by one case.

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