REPORT : Why Kate Steinle’s parents can’t sue San Francisco for negligence
REPORT : Why Kate Steinle’s parents can’t sue San Francisco for negligence

REPORT : Why Kate Steinle’s parents can’t sue San Francisco for negligence



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The parents of Kate Steinle — a woman shot dead in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant — cannot sue that “sanctuary city” for having quietly set the shooter free less than three months before the 2015 tragedy, a federal appeals court ruled this week.

The appellate decision notes that the case of Steinle, 32 — for three years a focus of President Trump’s strong criticism of sanctuary cities — is “undeniably tragic.”

Illegal immigrant at center of sanctuary city debate found not guilty in San Fran pier shooting Still, San Francisco can’t be penalized for Steinle’s death at the hands of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the parents’ wrongful death suit.

San Francisco’s City Attorney’s Office had argued successfully that the city was not liable for the actions of a former inmate, even though the city had sprung Garcia Zarate, who had a record of at least seven felony convictions, without telling immigration authorities.

The city also argued successfully that its sheriff had not been compelled, under federal law, to alert immigration before the dismissal of an old marijuana charge triggered Garcia Zarate’s release.