The acquitted killer of Kate Steinle, Jose Garcia-Zarate was hoping to be released from prison under the sanctuary city laws of San Fransisco. Of course, his hopes were dashed when the DOJ dropped weapons and immigration charges on him.
Well, the attorneys for Garcia-Zarate feel his client is being treated unjustly and has filed charges against the Department of Justice. They claim Garcia-Zarate is being pursued with “vindictive persecution,” and claims he is being unjustly prosecuted.
In a filling (click here to read the official court filing) in federal court lawyers are demanding documents:
Lawyers for Jose Garcia-Zarate Demanded that the federal government hand over its communications with local law enforcement agencies — the San Francisco police, district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office — to let him prove collusion and double jeopardy.
Attorney J. Tony Serra accused Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions of using his client as a political punching bag and said their words suggest that Mr. Garcia-Zarate is being unjustly prosecuted.
“This case was highly publicized, both locally and nationally,” he wrote in the motion filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.
“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,” his filing says.
Immediately after Mr. Garcia-Zarate was acquitted of the murder and assault allegations, President Trump maligned the verdict on Twitter, stating: ‘A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”
The true federal interest in pursuing this prosecution is to punish and make an example out of Mr. Garcia-Zarate for his high-profile acquittal in state court. This prosecution seeks to demonstrate to any high-profile defendant, especially one that is an undocumented immigrant, that their successful exercise of due process rights will not be respected and will result in the heavy hammer of a federal prosecution.”
Mr. Garcia-Zarate either has the stupidest lawyer in the world or the best one ever. They have their work cut out for them because Zarate has been deported several times and has previous convictions that would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.