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)
first published in Medium, July 2, 2108
Photograph 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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