After “Not Guilty” Verdict in Steinle Case, O’Reilly Lays Down Law With Sessions

After Not Guilty Verdict in Steinle Case OReilly Lays Down Law With Sessions

In the wake of the disheartening “not guilty” verdict in the murder trial of Kate Steinle’s killer, conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly challenged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek justice through federal law.

In a series of tweets, O’Reilly blasted the San Francisco jury that acquitted Jose Garcia Zarate — the illegal immigrant who shot and killed Steinle in 2015 — of the most serious charges against him.

But, not all hope was lost that Garcia Zarate would be held accountable — a situation O’Reilly called a “litmus test” for the attorney general.

“Kate Steinle’s killer found not guilty of murder,” O’Reilly tweeted. “Not since OJ Simpson has this kind of verdict been dropped. At the very least manslaughter — he had a stolen gun! Awful.”

“Prayers for the Steinle family,” O’Reilly continued. “Feds should immediately charge the thug with a variety of immigration crimes. What’s happening to America?”

“It is now on Attorney General Sessions to charge Kate Steinle’s killer with serious immigration violations,” he concluded. “This is a litmus test for Mr. Sessions.”

The Department of Justice was reportedly considering charging Zarate with federal crimes after the conclusion of the California state trial, according to Fox News.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores explained that the DOJ was looking at federal charges, including felony re-entry and violation of supervised release.

“We’re looking at every option and we will prosecute this to the fullest extent of the law because these cases are tragic and entirely preventable,” Flores said on Friday’s “Fox & Friends.”

Sessions, however, was less explicit about charging Steinle’s killer in his post-verdict statement, although he did issue a blistering statement against sanctuary cities that protect criminals like Zarate from federal law enforcement.

“When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk,” Sessions said in a statement. “San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle.”

Although California did bring murder charges against Garcia Zarate, Sessions noted that the killer would never have been on the streets in the first place if San Francisco had simply complied with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer for Garcia Zarate in 2015.

“The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens,” Sessions continued, urging community leaders to “reflect on the outcome of this case” and consider the harm sanctuary policies pose for American citizens.

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