Stories about Zarate

Mayor makes smart move with public defender appointment

The entire Office of the Public Defender was celebrating today with the news that Mayor London Breed has named Manohar Raju to replace the late Jeff Adachi as public...

Breed may not be opposed in November—but her policies will be

Things can change quickly in San Francisco politics, but for the moment, it appears that Mayor London Breed will not have a serious challenger in November. It's expensive and...

Rally denounces DA’s failure to charge killer cops

A crowd rallied on the steps of the Hall of Justice today to denounce District Attorney George Gascon’s decision not to file charges against the officers involved in two...

A challenge to sitting judges — and the secretive judicial system

Judges don’t like elections. That’s been true in San Francisco for decades, and it’s true in most of the rest of the country. The people who sit on the...

Garcia Zarate gets time served — but won’t go free

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the undocumented homeless man whose trial became a national issue, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday in the death of Kate Steinle. Although Garcia...

Famed lawyer Tony Serra to represent Garcia Zarate on federal gun charges

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who was acquitted in the death of Kate Steinle, will be sentenced Friday morning for a minor gun possession charge, and even if he gets...

Our most-read stories of 2017

This was a truly unsettling year, from the election of Donald Trump and the resurgence of white supremacist movements to the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee and the...

Growing chorus agrees Gascon bungled the Zarate case

Nobody’s surprised that the rightwingosphere has gone batshit over the Garcia Zarate verdict. We knew this would happen. From the first day of jury selection, defense lawyer Matt Gonzalez...

Why was Garcia Zarate charged with murder?

There’s only one conclusion I can reach from the outcome of the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate: This case should never have been charged as murder. Maybe it never...

Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder

A San Francisco jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murder today. He was found guilty only of the charge of possessing a firearm. We will have...