This acquittal was a good day for the rule of law.
It was un-American and wrong for the President et al to try to convict the accused in the media. I watched CNN, who seemed horrified by the acquittal. The accused was convicted for being a felon and touching a gun.
Some salient facts in evidence are:
The gun was stolen from its owner’s car (in just about the highest car break in and theft area in the country: near the SF pier). Its owner was an officer from the Bureau of Land Management and it was his official gun. It was set to discharge with great ease.
The prosecution was not able to establish that the accused was involved in the theft of the gun.
The victim was killed by a bullet that had ricocheted before it struck her. Ballistics experts were sure of this conclusion and testified that no one, even an expert, could deliver a shot precisely after a ricochet.
The accused had only a molecule or two of gun powder residue on his hands. His story was he found the gun wrapped up in a cloth and it discharged when he picked it up. The tiny amount of residue suggests that he was not holding the gun directly, or in firing position, when it discharged. (He did throw it in the water after it discharged.)
It is the case that the accused is a not a good person. He has repeatedly returned to our country after being deported. Being in the country illegally is a misdemeanor. He told confusing versions of what happened. There is ample reason to deport him and/or to charge him with crimes for which there is evidence.
However, there was so much evidence that this tragic death was not a murder, that there is likelihood that the Trump induced hue and cry was why he was charged with murder. Trump believes that people of color do not get the benefit of reasonable doubt. Fortunately, 12 citizens in SF did chose that this person did get the benefit of reasonable doubt and discovered what has been written about for months and months: the ballistics evidence was inconsistent with a murder or manslaughter charge.