Defense Lawyer in Steinle Murder Case Says Trump May Soon be Glad for ‘Presumption of Innocence’ and ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’ Standards

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez leaves the courtroom as jury deliberations continue on Monday Nov. 27, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.
Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez leaves the courtroom as jury deliberations continue on Monday Nov. 27, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate.

President Trump and other administration officials critical of a San Francisco jury’s acquittal of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the killing of Kate Steinle should reflect that they may need to “avail themselves of the presumption of innocence” someday, the defendant’s lead attorney said Thursday.

Trump cited the July 2015 killing of Steinle several times during last year’s presidential campaign as an example of the need for a wall along the Mexican border and other measures aimed at illegal immigration. After the jury acquitted defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate of murder and manslaughter charges, Trump tweeted, “A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration.”

Trump tweeted about three hours after the verdicts came in, but lead defense attorney Matt Gonzalez had already issued a message to the president.

“For those who might be critical of this verdict, there are a number of people that have commented on this case in the last couple of years — the attorney general of the United States, the president and vice president of the United States — let me just remind them that they are themselves are under investigation by a special prosecutor in Washington, D.C.,” Gonzalez said outside court.

“They may themselves soon avail themselves of the presumption of innocence and beyond a reasonable doubt standard,” Gonzalez said. “And I would ask them to reflect on that before they comment or disparage the result in this case.”

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SOURCE: Vivian Ho 
SFGate.com