Kate Steinle murder trial: How the prosecution’s case fell apartBut this section makes it clear that’s ridiculous:
By Vivian Ho December 1, 2017
Garcia Zarate was charged with murder from the beginning, and prosecutors gave jurors three options.Obviously, Mexico’s Best was guilty of at least “involuntary homicide.”
They could convict on first-degree or premeditated murder. They could opt for second-degree murder, requiring a finding that Garcia Zarate either intended to kill Steinle or intentionally committed a dangerous act with conscious disregard for human life. Or they could choose involuntary manslaughter, which would require a finding that Garcia Zarate caused Steinle’s death with an unlawful, negligent act.
Why didn’t the jury find that? I was on a jury in 2008 in a trial of an immigrant tax cheat, and about 9 of us 12 jurors were complete dimwits. Plus they appeared to be biased in favor of immigrants and tax cheats, because many were immigrants and (likely) tax cheats themselves.