After two years, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has been found not guilty of murder for the July 2015 killing of San Francisco woman Kate Steinle.
The 32-year-old Steinle’s death became a focal point in the national debate over illegal immigration due to the fact that Lopez-Sanchez had been deported at least five times before killing her, meaning she would almost certainly be alive today had the authorities done their job. President Donald Trump also made the injustice a recurring theme of his campaign, which pledged to finally get control of America’s borders and enforce the country’s immigration laws.
— Stephen Stock (@StephenStockTV) December 1, 2017
Verdict- NOT GUILTY on all counts except felony possession of a weapon. Simply stunning
— Sam Brock (@SamNBCBayArea) December 1, 2017
Steinle’s killer has been acquitted of first-degree or second-degree murder charges, and even acquitted of manslaughter. Lopez-Sanchez was convicted only for felony possession of a firearm.
The Washington Times adds that “Word came hours after [the jury] asked to see the gun used in the shooting,” indicating that they ultimately bought the defense’s explanation that the gun went off accidentally.
Back in January of this year, TFPP reported that her family was also planning to sue both California and federal authorities for their role in Kate’s death:
Prosecutors say the illegal immigrant shot Steinle with a .40-caliber government-issued pistol that went missing days earlier from the personal vehicle of a Bureau of Land Management officer, The Washington Times reports. In a lawsuit, Steinle’s parents argued that the federal government failed them by allowing its employees to exhibit poor gun-safety practices in addition to ignoring its own immigration laws.
Her parents sued the city and county of San Francisco, then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and the feds. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero ruled the case against the feds could proceed.
“Kate’s death was both foreseeable and preventable had the law enforcement agencies, officials and/or officers involved simply followed the laws, regulations and/or procedures which they swore to uphold,” the 2015 lawsuit states.
While it’s an absolute disgrace to see San Francisco make a mockery of justice after all this time, and there will undoubtedly be plenty to say about that city and its prosecutors in the days to come — not to mention the leftists politicizing the verdict — this outcome is ultimately immaterial to the broader issue facing the country.
Regardless of whether Lopez-Sanchez intended to kill Steinle, was shooting indiscriminately, or unintentionally set the gun off, the fact remains that she would not have died that night if he had not been in the United States to begin with, a country where he not only had no legal claim to be, but from which he had repeatedly been ejected as a consequence of his previous misdeeds.
If anything, the fact that residents of pro-open-border communities cannot count on their local officials to protect them from violent illegal immigrants only reaffirms the importance of Congress and the Trump Administration building the wall, cracking down on sanctuary cities, and enforcing our immigration laws.