Matt and I have an ongoing conversation, mostly by text, on sundry topics. I was both concerned and happy for him that he and Jeff Adachi were assigned, or chose, this very difficult case. I remember being pleased that Zoe Lofgren spoke indirectly on this topic on CSPAN and to Congress: she supports Gun Control more than the Immigration Wall. Matt and Jeff helped Garcia Zarate avoid the most serious and undue punishment yet he is being tried again at the Federal level; seems like political football to me. And not that I am unsympathetic to the family and friends of the woman who was killed, Kate Steinle.
It says here that Tony Serra is now representing Garcia Zarate. Tony Serra is also the brother of Richard Serra (this is an arts blog)

Art & Politics

first published in Medium, July 2, 2108

1_YA2b8vpH-rQD1-vBRm4f9gPhotograph of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on San Francisco’s Pier 14 taken by Jay Martin on May 23, 2015.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Did Not Receive a Fair Trial: 10 Examples

By Matt Gonzalez

“When the court changes it’s ruling on a whim, it disrupts the trial that the parties can expect to have. Last minute changes in rulings without any substantive reason only serves to undermine the confidence attorneys have in the judge’s role in the proceedings.” — Defense counsel Matt Gonzalez via email to Judge Samuel Feng, October 27, 2017.


When Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted by a California jury of murder charges brought against him for the death of Kate Steinle, less attention was paid to Garcia Zarate’s conviction on the lesser charge of gun possession. But Garcia Zarate was innocent of that charge as well. It may seem like a small…

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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