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Trump Blasts Jurors ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict In Kate Steinle Trial, Gets Brutal Response


Trump Blasts Jurors ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict In Kate Steinle Trial, Gets Brutal Response

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday night at the not guilty verdict for an undocumented immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle, calling it “disgraceful.”

“A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” Trump tweeted.

A jury for the Superior Court of San Francisco earlier Thursday acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Steinle, 32, in 2015.

Both the defense and the prosecution agreed it was an accident and a ricochet bullet hit Steinle, killing her. The jury deliberated for almost a week before reaching its verdict.

Zarate, who was in the U.S. illegally at the time of the shooting, had previously been deported five times. Trump and other Republicans used the case as a rallying cry for tougher immigration laws.

The court found Zarate not guilty of first or second-degree murder or assault with a firearm, but convicted him of being a felon with a firearm, for which he will be sentenced at a future date.

The attorney representing Zarate in the case issued a statement Thursday night, urging Trump to “reflect” on his own “presumption of innocence beyond a reasonable doubt” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation before commenting on the Steinle case.

Trump invoked Steinle’s case in pushing for tougher immigration policies during the 2016 presidential election, including in his speech at the Republican National Convention last summer when he accepted the party’s presidential nomination.

Trump’s tweet came as he himself is under investigation for obstruction of Justice.

Here are some of the responses to Trump’s rant:

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