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Schwarzenegger Makes Snoring Sounds When Questioned About Reducing Nunez Prison Sentence

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made snoring sounds when reporter Dave Bryan questioned him about reducing the prison sentence for Esteban Nunez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

After receiving an award for championing environmental causes at a global climate change conference in Hollywood on Thursday, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger slipped out the back door, where Dave Bryan was there to greet him.

“Don’t ask me the same question ok because otherwise you’re boring the hell out of me…” Schwarzenegger said.

“Well, I think a lot of people want to know. Why did you reduce the sentence for Esteban Nunez?” Bryan probed.

To that, the former Governor made snoring sounds, emphasizing that he was bored with the question.

What’s boring the former governor are questions about why, in the closing hours of his governorship, he cut the prison sentence for Esteban Nunez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, by more than half — from 16 to 7 years, in a case involving the killing of 22-year-old college student Luis dos Santos in San Diego. Nunez didn’t dispute the facts, didn’t contend he was innocent, and didn’t stand trial, choosing instead to plead guilty to manslaughter and assault charges.

With Schwarzenegger moving from side to side to keep Bryan from getting in front of him, a security guard intervened blocking the reporter’s path.  When Bryan asked again if the pardon was a favor, Schwarzenegger did not reply.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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