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Calif. GOP Denounces Schwarzenegger Clemency

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In this Wednesday, March 18, 2009, file photo, former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, right, and his son Esteban Núñez, left, leave a hearing in Superior Court in San Diego. (credit: AP Photo/ Denis Poroy, File)

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2009, file photo, former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, right, and his son Esteban Núñez, left, leave a hearing in Superior Court in San Diego. (credit: AP Photo/ Denis Poroy, File)

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Republican Party has denounced the decision by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute the sentence of the son of a political ally.

The resolution approved Sunday by delegates attending the state party’s convention condemns the former Republican governor’s action, which reduced the prison sentence from 16 years to seven for Esteban Nunez. He is the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a Democrat, and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of a college student in San Diego.

Schwarzenegger’s action during his final night in office angered the San Diego County district attorney and enraged the victim’s family. Neither was notified beforehand.

The resolution condemns the commutation and “the manner in which it was done.” A Schwarzenegger spokesman said the former governor declined comment.

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