A California state appeals court has thrown out the sole conviction against an immigrant who fatally shot Steinle on the San Francisco waterfront in 2015.
The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, overturned a gun conviction against Garcia-Zarate because the judge failed to instruct the jury on one of his defenses.
This comes after he accused a judge of failing to tell the jury it’s not a crime to “momentarily” have a gun. The 46-year-old claims he found the firearm on a San Francisco pier, picked it up, and it “accidentally” went off.
The bullet then ricocheted off a concrete-walkway, before fatally striking Steinle. Garcia-Zarate then threw the gun into the bay. He was deported five times before Steinle’s death, sparking a nationwide debate over sanctuary city policies. Earlier Friday, an appeals court reversed Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate’s 2017 conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon.
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The president’s eldest son recently saw a successful round of fundraising in California. According to Monday reports, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle raised $2.5 million over a 48-hour period last week. The money will likely go toward Trump Victory, which is one of the main fundraising vehicles for the president’s re-election campaign.
Until this point, the exact locations for the fundraising events had been kept under wraps.
“Some ugly things have happened recently to the Trump family, and I think they’d like to avoid that,” said John Dennis, San Francisco Republicans chairman.
Around 200 donors reportedly attended exclusive fundraisers held in major cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Palo Alto. Guests included a part owner of the San Francisco Giants, the former chairman of the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, and the founder of American technology company Oculus VR.
“We support Donald Trump, we want him to be elected again.” stated Joan Leone, President of Republican Women of San Francisco.
The fundraisers took place while the president held his own money-raising event in New Jersey on Friday. The three authorized Trump fundraising entities– Trump for President, Trump Victory and The Trump Make America Great Again Committee — have a combined $80.2 million in cash on hand.