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Editorial: Steinle case -- A complete miscarriage of justice

Original post made on Jan 16, 2020

With the news last week that a U.S. magistrate has dismissed the family's lawsuit against the federal government, the Kate Steinle case continues to be a disheartening display of injustice.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 16, 2020, 1:18 PM

Comments (13)

25 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm

The first time Kates Law came up for a vote in congress, Eric Swalwell voted against it. I called Swalwell out on his no vote in an email exchange, in which Swalwell admitted his no vote, that email was published in the Pleasanton weekly.

Th second time Kates Law came up for a vote in congress Swalwell voted yes in favor of Kates Law. The law never exited committee.


36 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Thank you Pleasanton Weekly Editorial Board for your article. You nailed it from top to bottom.


28 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:38 pm

I disagree with one point of the editorial.

No new law as a result is the least of it. The fact is a multitude of stare and federal laws exist yet the city And county of San Francisco did everything they could to prevent the perp locked up in the first place, and the SF jury believed whatever sob stories that came across their lap. The state’s electorate then keeps rewarding SF politicians with senatorial sears, governorships, and presidential endorsements tell us the state, and sf in particular, doesn’t care what laws are on the books

So what exactly would more laws do, other than let Bay Area politicians the ability to claim “they did their part”?


17 people like this
Posted by Lynn Sutton
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 16, 2020 at 11:04 pm

I’d like to say to Kate’s family I’m so very sorry and my heart bleeds for you. Justice definitely wasn’t served on Kate’s behalf. I can’t imagine the anguish your poor family has had to go through. IT”S SO WRONG!!!!!!! Our world is going down the S^^t hole and it rips my heart out that what will our world be like when our grandchildren grow up?

The one nagging question that keeps running through my mind is what if a famous star or performer was in town for a show and decided to take an afternoon stroll on the pier taking and taking in the sites and fresh SF ocean air before heading back to the hotel. DOES anyone think this verdict outcome would still be the same as it is for our beautiful Kate? NOT!!!!

I can’t imagine what this family is going through. My prayers are with you. GOD BLESS.


29 people like this
Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Jan 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

Let's correct this Liberal bullsh-t at the ballot box!


15 people like this
Posted by Realist
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Jan 17, 2020 at 10:07 am

If there's no money involved, if it doesn't benefit some powerful and rich elite in some way, Congress won't do anything.


17 people like this
Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

Best article I have ever read in the Pleasanton Weekly.
Find this author and clone him.


9 people like this
Posted by Kerrie
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 19, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Who is the author? What is her/his name. Thank you.


5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 19, 2020 at 1:47 pm

A year or ago, I asked the publisher to attach a name to the papers editorial. The reply was, the editor, reporters and the publisher make up the editorial board, they publish it in that manner without attaching a single name to it.


3 people like this
Posted by Louise
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 19, 2020 at 8:55 pm

So hard to comprehend


9 people like this
Posted by been there
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 20, 2020 at 10:23 am

And don't forget that the initial crime was committed by the BLM ranger who tossed his gun into the backseat of his SUV (so he says) in a backpack....NO PROBLEM. And he WAS NOT DISCIPLINED or removed from duty, but was PROMOTED. Now that tells you something about what was going on behind the part of this story we are enraged about.
Talk about corruption at the highest levels.


6 people like this
Posted by My votes count.
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm

Thank you, editorial board, for addressing an elephant in the room. I have personally met most of you, and have great respect for your collective professionalism, attention to detail, and honesty in reporting events that really matter.

Perhaps it is more important for us to know the names of the judges who rendered these decisions. Though they were appointed by governors, we can vote for them not to be retained. We can contact our state legislators expressing our displeasure and follow up by voting accordingly. It's not easy and it takes a village or more, but for Kate's sake, we have to do it.


3 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jan 21, 2020 at 1:03 am

Anyone of us could have been Kate just out enjoying the waterfront with family. What a tragedy. And what a shameful legal system. The societal bar has been set so low that now people are not held accountable for murder? Nor real penalties for robbery, car break ins, trespassing, etc. and shooting up drugs in public and defecating on sidewalks is tolerated And BART is a haven for mental cases and shootings? Ever notice how everyone has a Ring or surveillance cameras around their homes now? It’s just all so sad.


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