Bizarre S-Fran verdict: Acquit on murder, convict on gun charge

A San Francisco jury acquitted an illegal immigrant on second-degree murder charges in the death of Kate Steinle, but convicted him of illegal firearm possession. (Screen capture, YouTube, Fox News)

The irony of Thursday’s verdict in the case against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is something critics are suggesting could only happen in San Francisco: acquitted on a second-degree murder charge but convicted for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

San Francisco is a so-called “sanctuary city” that has tried twice to ban guns and both times has lost in court in cases brought by the Second Amendment Foundation. The second case also saw the National Rifle Association involved as a plaintiff. The city has a reputation for being anti-gun.

The repeat illegal immigrant had been deported five times in the past and has felony convictions on his record. The jury of six men and six women found

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