Weekly Roundup: Upgraded To “Immigrant” Edition

Over the course of fifteen years, the man whom the court called “Garcia Zarate” in what appears to be a tossed-dart pick of his twenty-plus unverifiable aliases — he entered the United States at least five times for the purpose of heroin transport, distribution, and sale. He was caught with the stuff all up and down the West Coast in quantities from minor to outrageous. He was caught and released over and over again like an old trout with an African tribe’s worth of scarring from hooks. They could jail him, but they couldn’t keep him out of the country. Twice he was arrested within sixty days of his last deportation.

A few years ago, “Zarate” was dicking around with a pistol on a crowded pier. He said that he was shooting at the harbor seals until his defense attorney told him it was a bad excuse. So then he changed his story and said that he picked up a brand-new, government-issued Sig-Sauer and it just went off. Only a fool could believe that story — but San Francisco has never had a shortage of fools. Or maybe they played Anubis and weighed the hearts of Zarate and his victim, Kate Steinle, finding the latter wanting.

In the near future, Zarate will be released and deported again. He’ll be back. Count on it.

As you’d expect, the media found the phrase “illegal immigrant” be far more offensive than the random murder of an unimportant young woman from Flyoverland, so Zarate was upgraded to “undocumented immigrant” in headlines from New York to San Diego. It’s worth noting that this is in no way correct. Zarate was convicted of felony immigration violations. Even if you accept the neologism “undocumented immigrant” for someone who enters the United States illegally, Zarate was more than that. He was convicted of illegal immigration. He was an illegal immigrant, plain and simple.

The Los Angeles Times, however, could not even stomach the word “undocumented” when applied to this beautiful soul, this dreamer, this true American. He became simply an “immigrant”. USA Today took it further, being careful both to call Zarate a plain-Jane immigrant and to reassure the readers that his previous felonies were “nonviolent”. Maybe he removed mattress tags? Committed securities fraud? Surely it wasn’t dealing heroin, because anybody with access to a television or a rap album knows that the heroin business is a violent one.

So here’s to you, Garcia Zarate, soon to be free as a bird and back in the United States to prey on a system that explicitly values your God-given right to deal heroin over the lives of innocent American citizens. And here’s to you, San Francisco, and to your self-righteous “sanctuary city” status that directly resulted in the death of Kate Steinle. And here’s to you, USA Today, the paper that never failed to put “Pharma Bro” in front of a Shkreli story but made sure not to hurt the sensibilities of Zarate’s Stateside fans and supporters by referring to him as anything other than an “immigrant”.

The Trump supporters on Reddit like to say “Two scoops! Two genders! And Two Terms!” Regardless of how you feel about Mr. Trump, if you don’t understand that this verdict brought the last item on that list much closer to a certainty then you’re not paying attention. And to that list, I suppose you can add “two Americas”: the people who mourned Kate Steinle’s death, and the people who cheered yet another victory for their vision of an America that looks exactly like San Francisco, right down to the convenient death of all unpersons.

God bless Miss Steinle. May she find peace in heaven.

Alright, here’s this week’s roundup.


At R&T, I argued for a spec four-cylinder passenger-car engine and gloated about how close my old Corvette could come to the PCOTY contenders.

At TTAC, I bid farewell to LaneWatch, offered a counterpoint to a Jalopnik piece on the G20, and asked readers to spend a ZR1’s worth of cash.

84 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: Upgraded To “Immigrant” Edition”

  1. Disinterested-Observer

    I heard the verdict on the radio and I said to myself “they can’t be talking about the story I am thinking of”. I was wrong. I think the population of the whole fucking Bay area should be dropped in the middle of Mexico City or Riyadh or fucking Aleppo and whoever makes it back to the US can get in line to apply for citizenship.

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  2. Dirty Dingus McGee

    (drags soapbox to the front of the room and climbs on)

    I have been dragging my carcass around on this spinning rock for just over 60 years now, but the last 15, or so, seems to have seen many countries devolving into cultural suicide. Witness the goings on in France, the UK, Sweden and here in the good old USA for proof. Immigrants, legal or otherwise, demand, and receive, benefits that natural citizens could only hope for. San Fransisco is only the latest and most publicized of the systematic devaluation of folks born here. I see it no matter where I go, northeast, midwest, southwest or my home in the southeast. I’m currently on a project in Phoenix Az., and its a serious melting pot. Mexicans, Indians(feather, not dot), central America of all countries, Muslim, Hindu, black and a light sprinkling of white people. If the road signs were not in English, you would be hard pressed to know you were in the US and not Mexico. At the factory we are in, there is a man there, hired to keep the place clean(ish)(still construction work in progress). He speaks not ONE word of English. My partner is fluent in spanish, he is 1/2 Cuban, so he can communicate with him. Thru conversation, he let slip that he is illegal, been deported a couple times before. Yet he can get a job with no legal status, can’t speak the language, has no real grasp of the customs of the country he is in. I have seen this before; 15 or so years ago had a sideline gig doing custom paint on semi’s and RV’s. At the repair shop next door, 4 illegals wanted to hire in as a group, all working under 1 social security number. Manager told them to beat it, before “it” became them. These days, that manager would probably be arrested for that and the illegals given his job.
    When I was traveling overseas years back, the onus was on ME to learn some basics of the language, if I wanted to eat, find a bathroom, or figure out just where the hell I was and how to get to where I wanted. It was a given back then that YOU adapted to where you were, not vice versa. Now, I have to press one for English at damn near any business I call, here at home. WTF? Why is our culture and history being blended into some homogeneous vat of nothing?
    In times like this, I’m fairly glad that I have no kids coming into this society. I shudder to think what things will become in 20 more years, unless some of this crap is stopped, and stopped real soon. My nieces and nephews are coming into a world that will be unknown to folks of my age. Was everything in the past all pixie dust and unicorn farts? Hell no, but I think it was a damn sight better than what is on the horizon.
    (kicks soapbox into the corner, stomps away)

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  3. Jeff Zekas

    Jack, perfectly stated. I was born and raised in Cali, and have seen it go from a wealthy, job filled, educated state, and descend into hell: illegals everywhere, gangs running the streets (and the state government) and crazy leftists making apologies for every criminal and thug on the news. When did “illegal aliens” become “undocumented workers”? When did hobos become “homeless” folks? The world has gone crazy.

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  4. DirtRoads

    Always love hearing about your “old” C5, while my C4 sits in the garage for the winter. My ugly, derided, useless old Corvette 🙂 But to hear the C5 from nearly the same decade (OK mine’s from the 80s dammit) is still a worthy contender to some of those cars from PCOTY gives me a little heart. After all, the C4 saved the Corvette line, and the C5 made it so much better!

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  5. Bigtruckseriesreview

    Trump is a ONE TERM PRESIDENT.

    I just want to have a taste of Trump supporter tears when my prophesy comes to be.

    I want to see the fight escalate for the next few years before he’s ultimately forced to resign, or impeached when the public rises up to repudiate him.

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  6. Steve Taylor

    I would vote for Triumph again today just to annoy the smug libs who ever year field a repackaged version of same lame victimology.

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  7. phr3dly

    “As you’d expect, the media found the phrase “illegal immigrant” be far more offensive than the random murder of an unimportant young woman from Flyoverland, so Zarate was upgraded to “undocumented immigrant” in headlines from New York to San Diego.”

    Since you’re parsing words, she was not murdered.

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  8. John C.

    On the Mexican murderer, the drug war in Mexico will probably end worse for him than three square meals a day that American jail would have provided.

    On the G20 piece, the bunch of third string sites trying to pump out 10 items a day seems slightly at odds with Mr. Kreutzer in the comment section saying things are now more corporate with pitches et all. Both could be true at the many sites.

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  9. Ronnie Schreiber

    Is it possible that liberal prosecutors in San Francisco sabotaged their own case by overcharging Garcia or whatever his real name is? Not being able to connect him to Ms. Steinle or prove another motive like robbery, they should have charged him with 2nd Degree Murder, not 1st Degree premeditated murder. Instead they gave a San Francisco jury an excuse not to convict.

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  10. hank chinaski

    IANAL, and I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn last night, and although I did watch a few episodes of Law and Order when it was popular, but was this a failure because the DA chose to pursue a charge of first degree murder? If the case, it’s hard to prove and easy to throw out. The Baltimore DA made the same mistake in the Freddie Gray case, either through incompetence or grand-standing or both.

    That said, every blue state/city local election and court decision from now until 2024 will be a petulant FU against Trump.

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  11. Kevin Jaeger

    It’s interesting that in the normally race-obsessed media coverage I’ve seen no coverage of the demographics of the jury in this case. it certainly appears the defense somehow stacked the jury with those highly sympathetic to illegals, or maybe that’s just the reality of San Francisco these days.

    I’d agree that murder 1 probably never should have been on the table, but it’s hard to imagine a white NRA member getting off if he’d killed an illegal in similar circumstances. No one is going to believe any story about a gun firing itself, nor should they.

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  12. Rock36

    Jack, this is the second time a corvette article of yours serendipitously convinced me to hang on to my C6 Z06 just a little bit longer. My lizard brain surfaces once in awhile and I start looking for a replacement.

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      • Rock36

        The problem is more that the valve guides have a tendency to wear out prematurely. While the root cause of the valve guide wear is by no means universally accepted, the favored explanation is a manufacturing flaw where the guides are not completely concentric with the valve seat. Other point to the rocker ratio and that it might be laterally loading the valves too much. Either way, once the guides start to wear and there is excessive guide wear and reduce heat transfer to the cylinder head, the hollow exhaust valve tends to give up sooner than the thicker titanium intake valve. So it isnt that the valve itself is bad, it just doesnt last as long after the guide is worn out.

        All that said I had mine shipped off to Katech for a full workover of the heads and new camshaft and intake manifold.

        When Katech cracked open my heads, over half my guides were out of tolerance, both intake and exhaust guides.

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        • Rock36

          Sorry I misread your question, you asked about the valve guides. A lot of people blames the hollow exhaust valves and I though you were asking about that. Reading comprehension is my friend.

          So yes the valve guides were certainly a problem, on mine.

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  13. -Nate-Nate

    I’ve been saying this for over forty years now : ASSIMILATE OR PERISH .

    You have to go to San Fransisco to understand it, I’ve visited many times beginning in the 1960’s , I like it but I wouldn’t live there for free .

    It used to be the murder capital of California, I don’t know any more .

    Most of the news reports said this damn fool was twirling the stolen pistol when it went off, the Woman was hit by a ricochet .

    Amazing that the jurors were not allowed to know he was a druggie or any of the other negative things about him .

    A sad day for America .

    -Nate

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    • Jeff Zekas

      Nate, you are one of the few common sense folks on this comment site. Oh, you can still pay reasonable money for a 1969 Corvette, or for a 2002 (yeah, not a classic, but a Vette) model year… right now, I am trying to decide: buy a 1979 MGB (and convert to chrome bumper) or a mint condition 1990 Mazda Miata? Both were cars I lusted after… the MG when I was in high school, and the Miata when I was in my early 30’s. Oh, and if Jack reads this, I’d like to hear his opinion too (yes, I know: “The answer is always Miata).

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        • -Nate-Nate

          Um ;

          Jack ~ have you ever actually _owned_ an MGB ? . I did and although I loved it to pieces, even after i rebuilt the entire chassis from bumper to bumper, it simply wouldn’t stay on the road at the speeds I liked driving it ~ when you’re doing 85 + MPH and here comes a guard rail in a sweeper curve on a three lane limited access highway, the blush goes flying right off the rose, trust me .

          I re sprayed it and sold it at a dead loss, my old Mercedes accelerates much slower but holds the road better at higher speeds .

          I still miss that damned MGB as it was fun and looked great but was a ‘Sports Car’, not a race car .
          Jeff ;

          Don’t think I know anything, instead of buying a decent Corvette, (under $5K in Los Angeles) thatI can get brake pads, water pumps and tune up parts (TBA stuff0 off the shelf in any Auto Parts Store across America and instead it looks like I’m about to close the deal on an old Morris Minor two door ~ talk about stupid, eh ? .

          -Nate

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          • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

            My father bought a Midget new in 1979. With just 4,200 miles on the clock it had already stranded him a half dozen times.

            I’m just saying — sometimes you have to go for broke!

          • -Nate-Nate

            I liked the Midgets because they’re so tiny

            However, the ’79 your Pops bought had the wretched Triumph 1500CC ‘grenade with the pin pulled’ engine that was almost impossible to make last 40,000 miles .

            BMC really dropped the ball with almost complete lack of initial quality control .

            Too bad as I personally like BMC products, why I slam them so hard .

            -Nate

      • Tyguy

        Go for an original chrome bumper. Build quality and power went down throughout the 70’s. I have a 71 and believe it or not, it’s very reliable. There is also a benefit to 40 years of knowledge of how to remedy it’s worst faults.

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        • -Nate-Nate

          What Ty said ! .

          I remember when the ’72’s were new in the Dealership, all the GearHead Kids (like me) and of course the WWI & Korea Veterans cried “this will be the end ! ” .

          But the EGR valves were easy to disable and proper tuning did the rest until ’73 or ’74 when they retarded the cam timing to reduce emissions (Grrrrrr) and few wanted to bother replacing the camshaft .

          -Nate

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          • PenguinBoy

            Long term ’72 MGB owner hear, and agree with @Tyguy and @Nate – if you want a chrome bumper MGB, buy an original one.

            I would suggest you research all the generations, and then buy the one that appeals to you the most. Plenty of good resources on the web, but http://www.mgexp.com/ is a good place to start.

            The nice thing about MGBs is they are common enough that it’s easy to find a good example of any vintage if you’re prepared to wait a while, and they are all reasonably priced with excellent parts availability and support.

            Even if you get a really good example, it will probably take a bit of work to sort out a few minor problems. Once they are sorted out, these really aren’t that unreliable – at least by the standards of 50 year old cars with carburetors and distributors. Since they’re such simple cars, they’re relatively easy to fix when something does go wrong. You can either wrench on them yourself, or take them to a shop that specializes in old British cars.

            While performance is modest by today’s standards, they are very direct and involving to drive, and are surprisingly comfortable on long trips – and since they aren’t really worth anything, you won’t be afraid to actually drive it.

            Overall, an MGB has to be one of the easiest classic cars to buy and own – but it really isn’t a direct alternative to a Miata, despite the obvious similarities. Either car would make a fun toy, but they have different virtues and vices.

            Good luck with your search!

          • PenguinBoy

            Don’t know how to edit my post above – meant to say “Long term ’72 MGB owner *here*”…

          • -Nate-Nate

            Here, there, wherever =8-) .

            The point is : LBC’s are fun to drive and very reliable once you sort them out properly .

            I never learn my lessons so this morning I’m about to look at and seriously test drive a 1967 Morris Minor….

            Yep, I _am_ a moron as that other guy suggested but, I’m a happy one so no harm no foul .

            -Nate

  14. CJinSD

    If you go to San Francisco, or any ‘sanctuary city,’ you take your life in your hands. You don’t have the protection of the rule of law; only your wits. Which are obviously lacking…

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    • Kevin Jaeger

      I take the point about the rule of law, but that’s pretty dramatic. San Francisco is a very safe city compared to so many others – Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Tijuana, to name just a few I’ve visited recently.

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      • Ronnie Schreiber

        American cities are relatively safe. The worst U.S. city for murder rate is St. Louis, which puts it at #13 around the world. Baltimore is #26, Detroit is #36 and even with shootings being as regular in Chicago as they are that city isn’t even in the top 50. The murder rate in Caracas, Venezuela is more than double that of St. Louis.

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    • Tony the Tiger

      This is pure bullshit. San Francisco is one of the few American cities where a lady can walk from one end to the other at night (at least any neighborhood north of Market) without needing a snub-nose .357 in her waistband.

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        • Dirty Dingus McGee

          Speaking of the homeless; I was amazed at the amount of homeless in Phoenix, at least where we are at (7th Ave @Maricopa freeway) Saturday morning there was one even sleeping/passed out in a parking spot in front of the front door where we are working at 12.30 pm. And the amount of flies on him made me wonder if perhaps he was dead.

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          • Kevin Jaeger

            I haven’t been to Phoenix recently but I had a similar reaction when I was in San Diego and San Francisco. The homeless situation in those places is completely out of control. I’ve never seen anything like it outside of the third world.

          • silentsod

            I know someone who just visited SF and he said he was shocked at the number of homeless people out in the open there compared to major cities here in CO.

  15. Tony the Tiger

    Fascinating to see how the right-wing media mill spun this, and Jack, I’m disappointed that an independent thinker such as yourself swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. Here in the *actual* San Francisco we understood Miss Steinle to be a drug mule, one of many “white girls from flyover country” to make the error of getting high off their own supply. This shooting was a purely business matter between two professionals.

    It should not surprise you that the parents didn’t see it this way, and hence the prosecution lacked a coherent story for how this all happened. And given the “preponderance of the evidence” standard, the guy got off.

    For someone who has written much about the value of locals ruling locally, maybe keep your hands off our damn city. It doesn’t run perfectly, but it’s doing better than most of the rest of America.

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    • CJinSD

      I’m reminded of the guys who shut down their feminist satire website because they couldn’t compete with the people they were trying to parody.

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      • Kevin Jaeger

        It would be tough to top this, that’s for sure. I don’t frequent the left wing conspiracy theory sewers but is that what they’re actually saying.

        I would point out that even if you grant the loony premise, it’s still murder when druggies off each other. That would indeed make it murder 1.

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    • 98horn

      Oh, so Kate Steinle is a drug mule now? I would think that you are merely slandering the dead, but it’s clear that YOU are the one getting high off your own supple.

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    • DirtRoads

      I’m all about the locals ruling locally, except that part where you’re a sanctuary STATE in my country, harboring criminals as if it were some humanitarian mission from God (if you even believe in God). That’s complete and utter bullshit.

      Yeah no worries, if I’m ever in California again it will only be because I flew in on my way to somewhere else that ISN’T California.

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  16. Steve Taylor

    If this fellow should turn up dead somewhere with a bone tied around his neck a dog somewhere will be concerned I will not be-

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  17. Shrug

    What happened in San Francisco is a tragedy, as is any murder. The gross preponderance of which are not committed by immigrants, illegal or not, but so it goes. Right wing news stations and websites have now found their bone to chew for the next few weeks while they ignore Flynn flipping and the GOP making one of the most disgustingly greedy grabs for wealth in quite some time with the new tax bill.

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    • Ronnie Schreiber

      How is taking less of some people’s money a greedy grab for wealth? You seem to be operating on the premise that you have a moral right to other people’s money. My political ideology is informed by Sonny Boy Williamson II:

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      • CJinSD

        Liberals believe Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, just like they think National Socialists were libertarians. Just pity them. And stop them.

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      • Jim

        This guy is great!

        How have I gotten this far without listening to him? Thank you, it will make the work day shorter tomorrow.

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        • Ronnie Schreiber

          You’re welcome. Sonny Boy II was really named Alex Miller. Differing accounts say he adopted the name to capitalize on the fame of John Williamson, who billed himself as Sonny Boy, or to avoid arrest as he was wanted by the police under his real name. Sonny Boy II didn’t play a lot of notes but many of his riffs are foundational to blues harp.

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  18. Paul M.

    You have to be kidding about C5. Ask yourself why even GM would refuse to name it a Stingray. It is a miserable place to spend time in. It is the worst of GM eras (same for C6). Engineers did their best with engine and suspension and if one’s purpose is to track, after much expense it can be done. As for street that interior is reminiscent of a Beretta is an embrassment.

    Save yourselves the shame, buy a Stingray and forget C4/C5C6.

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    • Rock36

      “After much expense, it can be done”

      Are you implying that it is expensive to track a C5 or C6 corvette? Relative to what? And what expenses do you think one actually has to make? Actually, I think you have to be kidding.

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    • DirtRoads

      Have you ever owned or driven a Corvette, or do you just follow the forums? Jack and DG aren’t the only ones on the planet with the opinion that a C5 is a great car.

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    • silentsod

      C6 ‘Vettes are a steal! A 400 square motor, 26MPH highway, and they’ll kill cars twice their cost on track unmodified.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      Presumption of innocence? What a quaint obsolete concept. These days if a charge is leveled, why you MUST be guilty. Cops, prosecutors/persecutors, would NEVER embellish an investigation to press charges.

      One example, use your google-fu to look for more info;

      http://www.agingrebel.com/15963

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  19. Brandon

    From what I remember, both the prosecutors and the defense agreed Steinle was killed after the bullet ricocheted off the pier and traveled 80 or so feet. So while Zarate May be a piece of human garbage and may also have been criminally negligent with respect to randomly popping off a handgun on a public pier, it seems like this was a case of overcharging the evidence rather than an overly forgiving jury.

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    • CJinSD

      Good luck killing someone accidentally while in the process of committing a crime as an American citizen. You’ll be guilty of murder, unless you can achieve a successful incompetence plea.

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      • -Nate-Nate

        “Good luck killing someone accidentally while in the process of committing a crime as an American citizen. You’ll be guilty of murder, unless you can achieve a successful incompetence plea.”

        Or, _not_ .

        Remember, this guy had stolen a firearm from a Federal Officer’s vehicle and was playing with it whilst in our country illegally and got off….

        -Nate

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    • Kevin Jaeger

      I’d agree the evidence didn’t support a murder 1 charge (pre-meditated murder) and that charge never should have been brought or argued.

      But there was simply no justification for the jury not to convict on manslaughter. That was a plain act of jury nullification, which is certainly a legitimate thing for a jury to do in some cases. It’s just very hard to understand any actual reasoning for that in this case.

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      • Brandon

        Fair enough. The prosecutors charged felony involuntary manslaughter though, which requires a showing of criminal intent. I agree that should have been enough for a conviction here anyway, but I still think they should have given the jury the option of non-intentional manslaughter too (if that’s possible, I don’t know). What they did instead is to ignore the realities of the SF jury pool and as a result this guy walks.

        He shouldn’t have been anywhere near the pier in the first place of course.

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  20. stingray65

    How do you deal with illegal ‘immigrant’ criminals that keep coming back despite multiple deportments? Don’t suppose a 3 strikes your time on this planet is out rule would be very popular, but I suspect it would be very effective in keeping the riff-raff south of the border. Also interesting to speculate what how much jail time Kate’s father would have gotten if he had terminated Senor Garate’s life as his daughter lay bleeding to death.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      ” Don’t suppose a 3 strikes your time on this planet is out rule would be very popular, but I suspect it would be very effective in keeping the riff-raff south of the border. ”

      I like the cut of your jib.

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  21. yamahog

    “Ten years from now, we should be once again enjoying a broad spectrum of unique and characterful engines, each one perfectly matched to the mission of the brand and the expectations of the customer. Bimmers with slick sixes, Benzes with deep-chested V8s, Hondas that rev to nine grand and Toyotas that run to 500,000 miles.”

    Thank you for articulating this.

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  22. Nicholas Gomez

    What happened to ‘Illegal Alien’? Why does English change so much? Just to be politically correct. Have pity on folks like me who aren’t so articulate.

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