Trump Calls Acquittal in Sanctuary City Murder `Disgraceful'

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President Trump late Thursday tweeted that the not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial was "disgraceful", highlighting his apparent frustration at the resolution of a case he had cited during his presidential campaign as a justification for tougher immigration enforcement.

He had been deported from the United States five times prior to Steinle's death.

President Trump weighed in on the acquittal in the Kate Steinle murder case. San Francisco's "sanctuary city" law bars local officials from cooperating with federal attempts to deport those in the country illegally, and the city had released Garcia Zarate from custody despite a federal detention request.

The sheriff's department released him a few days later after the district attorney dropped the marijuana charge, despite a USA request to detain him for deportation.

"From day one, this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation", public defender Francisco Ugarte said.

Reaction to the jury's decision, after more than 24 hours of deliberation over six days, was swift, with conservatives saying San Franciso's status as a sanctuary city was largely to blame for what happened that summer day. However, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors said he meant to shoot and kill her. San Francisco's "sanctuary city" law limits cooperation with USA immigration authorities.

Garcia Zarate's lawyer, Matt Gonzalez, had argued that the defendant wasn't criminally responsible because he found the.40-caliber Sig Sauer and wasn't aware it was a gun when it accidentally went off.

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MCEVERS: What are some of the elements of this case that led jurors to this verdict?

The bullet ricocheted on the pier's concrete walkway and fatally struck Steinle in the back.

Trump has said that Steinle's death, just two weeks after he launched his presidential campaign, is emblematic of the problems in the US immigration system, particularly the continued existence of sanctuary cities where local officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

But he told jurors that Garcia Zarate had no motivation to kill Steinle and that as bad as her death was, "nothing you do is going to fix that".

"For Donald Trump, we were just what he needed-beautiful girl, San Francisco, illegal immigrant, arrested a million times, a violent crime and yadda, yadda, yadda", Steinle's mother, Liz Sullivan, told the San Francisco Chronicle months after her daughter's death.

Zarate was accused of finding a stolen gun on using it to shoot the 32-year-old woman while she was walking with her father in 2015. The maximum sentence he faces is three years, according to a detailed report on the outcome from Vivian Ho at the San Francisco Chronicle.

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump tried to link Democrat Hillary Clinton to the controversy.

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