Schwarzenegger Refuses Comment On Nunez Commutation

Santos family considers lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (CBS) —Despite lingering questions about one of his final acts as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants to leave politics for “another day”.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports former California governor refuses to discuss the letter of apology he sent to the Santos family over the controversial sentence reduction he gave for the son of the former speaker of the assembly.

At an event on Wednesday night at the Orange County Center For The Performing Arts, KCAL9 political reporter Dave Bryan peppered Schwarzenegger with questions asking him to explain his actions.

Schwarzenegger previously said in his apology letter to the Santos family that the reason he cut the prison term to seven years was Esteban Nunez did not deserve the same 16-year sentence as the man who wielded the knife.

Fred Santos says he believes it was his family’s constitutional right as victims to be notified prior to Schwarzenegger commuting the prison sentence for Nunez and is considering legal action against the former governor and the state.

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  • Really

    What a crook. And, you pathetic fools voted for him.

  • Semper Fi

    Sooo if you follow the same logic…Any terrorists captured in the War on Terror should not get the same punishment as as the Shoe Bomber or the Underwear Bomber because they did not actually have the devices in their possession…Give me a break….Murder is murder whether you held the knife or was the accomplice of the one who did hold the knife.
    This pardon was nothing short of a political favor…No more, No less.
    Hey Arnold why don’t you send a letter of Apology to all the California Tax Payers you stabbed in the back with your Pen!

  • ray

    Look, I know the governator only did it cause Nunez is his homie but from what Ive heard that Nunez kid was a disrespectful silver spoon fed punk who knew he could get away with anything because of his dad. While I think 7 years is still a long time Senior Nunez better take a good hard look at how his kid turned out. I get favoritism, but I dont “get” irresponsible parenting.

  • Semper Fi

    Based on the California ruling below, Jerry Brown should be able to reverse this commutation..of course any Governor who reverses a previous Governors Pardon or Commutation will probably have the opposing party do it to him upon completion of his term in office…This is not justice or fairness mind you….Just Politics..

    Pursuant to Cal Const, Art. V § 8, the Governor can on conditions the Governor deems proper, grant a reprieve, pardon, and commutation, after sentence, except in case of impeachment. The Governor should report to the Legislature each reprieve, pardon, and commutation granted, stating the pertinent facts and the reasons for granting it. The Governor need not grant a pardon or commutation to a person twice convicted of a felony except on recommendation of the Supreme Court, 4 judges concurring. No decision of the Board of California with respect to the granting, denial, revocation, or suspension of parole of a person sentenced to an indeterminate term upon conviction of murder will become effective for a period of 30 days, during which the Governor can review the decision subject to procedures provided by statute. The Governor can only affirm, modify, or reverse the decision of the parole authority on the basis of the same factors which Board is required to consider. The Governor should report to the Legislature each parole decision affirmed, modified, or reversed, stating the pertinent facts and reasons for the action.

    • Karen

      Semper, While I am not a lawyer, I am a legal professional.

      I do not agree that the Constitutional provision you quoted gives Brown the authority to overturn Schwarzenegger.

      It is unfortunate to say the least. And frankly, I wonder if Brown would do it anyway. It’s not like he always acts in accordance with our votes.


  • Horrible Move

    Who goes to a Frat party with a Knife?
    Matter of Fact, who goes anywhere with a Knife?
    Nunez is a Troublemaker, and he proved it..
    Horrible Move, very disgusted with the Ex-Gov.
    Worst is the fact that Nunez probably gets out in 2-3 years for good behavior, Political Maneuvering from his dad, and dirty politics..
    Very very horrible news for the Santos Family..

  • ES

    Did he say WHEN that that “OTHER DAY” will be because i am willing to take him up on that.

  • Vanessa

    KCAL, this was TERRIBLE reporting! This completely biased article just showed the reporter doggedly harassing the Governor- as if that was the whole story! The report left out the fact that Nunez received the same sentence as the man who actually committed the stabbing- which seems harsh and certainly changes one’s perspective on the story. Did Nunez deserve such a long sentence? Certainly a provoking question worth debating. I’m no fan of Schwarzenegger but shame on KCAL for such incomplete reporting! This just came off as Govenor-bashing.

    • Karen

      The sentence was the sentence given by the judge and jury. Why do YOU think that ARNIE is smarter than a judge? I DON’T. It was NOT Arnie’s place to second guess them just like he second guessed the voters on Prop 8. I can not believe how blatant the politicians are in this state and they keep getting elected. Are we really that stupid?

  • Saber 1

    That was his last F U to the citizens of CA. He ran the state broke and he has the stones to do this. What a guy.

  • Saber 1

    That was his last F U to the citizens of CA. He ran the state broke and he has the stones to do this. What a guy. He should retire from all forms of contact with the public and live off of the Kennedy’s money.

  • Visconti

    FU Arnold, you worthless POS.

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