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A federal appeals court in California ruled that Kate Steinle's parents, who had been fatally shot by an unauthorized immigrant in July 2015, could not sue the city of San Francisco for murdering immigration officials from a local jail ,
A three-member jury of the 9th Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that then San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had not violated federal, state, or local laws on his release of Juan Francisco Lopez – Sanchez, also known as José Inez Garcia Zarate , for minor marijuana charges, without immigration and custom enforcement.
The verdict confirms a lower court by refusing "a general negligence lawsuit" against the city that filed Steinle's parents. Her lawsuit alleged that Mirkarimi had written a memorandum instructing city officials to restrict information shared with federal officials about the release of unauthorized immigrants from the San Francisco jail.
The memo was smart or smart. That's not our job, "wrote the jury.
The judges said that the city's policies are not in violation of federal law, and that Mirkarimi has the right to enforce the memo.
Steinle's unnecessary death may be the political argument strongly support Sheriff Mirkarimi's decision to block his employees from publishing a convicted criminal on the ICE, "wrote Judge Mark J. Bennett, a Trump Commissioner.
Political arguments can only be taken by California's state and local government branches, or possibly Congress, but not by federal judges who apply California law. A Supreme Court. "
Steinle, 32, was killed walking along a pier in San Francisco with her father, who was struck by a single shot from a stolen weapon that the defense claimed had been accidentally fired. 19659008] In 2017, Lopez-Sanchez, a five-time deportee, was acquitted of murder charges by a San Francisco jury, but found guilty of lesser charges of being a criminal in possession of a firearm.
Lopez-Sanchez is in custody of the federal prosecutor's office.