Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, the illegal alien who was acquitted last year after murdering 32-year-old Kate Steinle in California, is suing the federal government.
In November, a San Francisco jury found Garcia-Zarate not guilty of murdering Steinle.
The accused Zarate was deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation from the U.S. when he fatally shot Steinle in the back in 2015 on a San Francisco pier. Zarate didn’t deny shooting Steinle, but claimed it was an accident. The killer had seven felony convictions on record.
Before he killed the 32-year-old woman with a .40 caliber handgun, the San Francisco sheriff’s department released Zarate from jail despite a federal immigration request to detain him for deportation. As a so-called “sanctuary city,” police are prohibited by local government from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Zarate’s defense team claimed that he found the stolen weapon used to kill Steinle on the pier that day and that it “just fired.” The .40 caliber Sig Sauer P239 handgun belonged to a federal Bureau of Land Management ranger and was stolen from his parked car a week before the shooting.
According to Zarate’s public defender, the bullet ricocheted on the pier’s concrete walkway after the weapon accidentally discharged and hit Steinle in the back, killing her. Zarate, a Mexican national, maintains it was an accident.
However, prosecutors in the case argued that Zarate deliberately aimed the gun at Steinle and fired at her while “playing his own secret version of Russian roulette.”
Zarate was sentenced to time served. His lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges double jeopardy, and that “federal agencies colluded with the San Francisco police, district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office.”
It goes on, “Almost immediately after the death of Ms. Steinle, then presidential candidate Donald Trump began to use Mr. Garcia-Zarate as the symbol of the dangers of illegal immigrants and the need for a wall between the United States and Mexico.”
The attorney also cites several tweets by President Donald Trump as proof that his client is being subjected to unfair treatment, reports Breitbart.
To prove his case, Zarate is demanding to see all records of communication between federal, state, and local law enforcement regarding the case.
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