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.

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Comments (67)
  1. Jon says:

    Now this is reporting.

    1. Idie says:

      As an Austrian I am embarrassed by Schwarzenegger’s snoring response. He does NOT reflect the culture of REAL Austrians. He is a left-over of his Nazi father’s thinking. And it pains me who lost so many relatives fighting for the resistance in Austrian and Poland during World War II. Sorry to say, no matter how hard one tries, you can’t eradicate all Nazi thinking. I warned people what they would get if they voted for him, but some have to learn the hard way.

  2. Mike says:

    Meanwhile Sirhan Sirhan has served 42 years and will never get out. Kill a politician and your life is over. But if you have political connections you can kill and serve less time than a marijuana dealer.

    1. Not newsworthy says:

      Well said my friend

      1. Ron says:

        I’ll second that !!

      2. nek says:

        I turd that…. motion passed !

      3. bedswarto says:

        The legal system has always been the toy of the ruling class. The real news that there is still a journalist on T.V.

        You are correct

  3. BoxingFan213 says:

    Schwarzenegger should be locked up for abusing his power. I don’t understand why he was voted in by my state…big dumb steroid freak.

    1. Mkat2 says:

      Have you checked out our Legislature in recent times? They’re ALL big, dumb, duplicitous freaks & our electorate is equally stupid! True, though, Arnold is despicable!

  4. Ron says:

    And he still does. He and Fabian obviously cut a deal. Arnold acts like a hero, but he has no character, for what he did. Boycott any of his future movies, appearances, etc. Arnold are you proud of the example you set for your kids.

  5. Rebecca Christiansen says:

    Schwarzenger is a loser. Arnold doesn’t think this will stay with him but big news it will. He deserves to get kicked in his ego because I have a feeling his maleness went the way of Barry Bonds,,,shrunk up like walnuts.

    1. Mary says:

      Shrunk up like Walnuts? More like, “Shrunk up like a set of men’s balls on a freezing night.”

  6. Mateo says:

    Arnold tried to a be governor but didn’t know really what to do….he proved that .. But I think he tried.
    Then like a crook helping his buddy Fabian ( who has been caught spending thousands of public money on junket trips he writes off to the city. With his $1,000 dollar B.H. suits.) Cuts his spoiled brat friends kid……no comment or feelings for the poor victims parents. I hope we all see Arnold haunted by this. He’s got to be feeling ‘wow, I never thought this is what defined me as a public servant.’
    Shame on him.

  7. erik says:

    then go serve the years ur clemency allows a criminal in the street with out getting his time, for the wrong he did, him or rat Arnold needs to pay back for the sociaty

  8. Mat says:

    Schwarzenegger is a big “Girly Man” for what he did. This decision should be reversed due to his obvious abuse of power and lack of conscience.

    1. Ron says:

      Yes it should, but who can do it? You know Brown wouldn’t.

    2. Lee says:

      It can’t be reversed. There’s no appeal from it. We rely on chief executives to use this power judiciously. Hopefully this will haunt Schwarzenegger for the rest of his life. Everyone should yell at him in public about this outrage. He should not be able to go anywhere without being hounded. He is a despicable lowlife. To think I used to be a fan.

    3. Idie says:

      So Sorry about his lack of Culture. As an Austrian I am embarrassed by Schwarzenegger’s snoring response. He does NOT reflect the culture of REAL Austrians. He is a left-over of his Nazi father’s thinking. And it pains me who lost so many relatives fighting for the resistance in Austrian and Poland during World War II. Sorry to say, no matter how hard one tries, you can’t eradicate all Nazi thinking. I warned people what they would get if they voted for him, but some have to learn the hard way.

  9. jm says:

    Get in that losers face and keep at him…. he is a pig and should serve the sentence himself.

  10. Oops.... says:

    How cruel and insensitive to the victim’s family! Total jerk.

  11. Steve says:

    I’m sure the parents of the kid killed appreciate Arnold’s snoring comments. What a piece of garbage he is. You just lost a fan, Arnold.

  12. arnoldthejerkinator says:

    What if one of Arnold’s kids gets murdered by a bunch of thugs and say he needs the public’s help finding the perps, should we just snore in response?

  13. ester shifren says:

    How infuriating and frustrating that a big lump of nothingness like Schwartznegger should get away with this. It’s beyond belief that he could reduce the sentence with impunity. What is happening to this country and its values? He should never have been elected in the first place. We’re paying dearly for our ignorance and celebrity-worship.

  14. Bob says:

    Wish there were more reporters with balls to ask the real questions like this. Well done.

  15. Frankie Columbo says:

    Arnold Schwarezenwhatever was a big dumb idiot when he filmed pumping iron and made fun of Lou Ferigno for being hard of hearing! You should watch it he is demeaning to every one very arrogant man so a few years passed and he is still the same but had some power and like his muscles it went to his pinhead!
    Just thank god he cannot run for President then we all would have to get up in the morning and PUMP SOME IRON!

  16. Lou says:

    How would he feel if one of his family was raped, hit by a car or stabbed by someone and that person got only 4 years of prison instead of lifetime? He thinks losing a life is funny. Oh well, he will have his time soon.

    1. Ron says:

      Yes, THINK about that, Arnold. That’s what you should have done before you let that piece of trash, father’s son off so easily and let’s wish Fabian the same fate.

  17. Not a Moronn says:

    Remember the ‘Amend for Arnold’ bumper stickers. Hahahahahahaha!

  18. Yazmin Linares says:


  19. upyours says:

    Maybe in his infinite wisdom the Christian God sent the Kennedy’s Schwarzenegger to remind them for all the good (and bad) they do they are pretenders to the throne starting with a bootlegger as patriarch.

  20. ILLEGALS says:

    Arnold is a Coward!

  21. ILLEGALS says:

    Political corruption right there..

  22. Rick says:

    Based on your connection with the Kennedy Family I hope you go down soon and in a grisly fa$hion. Enough said! Only difference.

    1. upyours says:

      My “connection?” One married him, you insipid ignorant pu$$y dumba$$. And, who do you expect to miss you, a$$wipe?

  23. Lee says:

    Terrible. To heII with Schwarzenegger. I was a fan, but I will never pay a cent to see him again. What a complete a$$hoIe. The poor parents of the murder victim have to see him snore in response to this question. Schwarzenegger is a despicable man. He should have to do the 8 years he took off that kid’s sentence. Guess what, Arnie? This isn’t going away. Your sleazy favor for your friend is going to follow you for the rest of your life.

  24. Mel Gibson says:

    Why is everyone surprised. He was a sleazeball long before He was Governor, But Dumb Ignorant celebrity lovers looked the other way at his repeated Transgressions

    1. Ron says:

      Hey Mel, you’re no saint !!!

  25. Nico says:

    Arnold is a Dirt bag

  26. LA Sucks says:

    The reporter is an idiot. What a cry baby. If he doesn’t want to answer a question why badger him? Why stalk him down the street and continue to ask questions he doesn’t want to answer? Why lay in wait for him by where he was exiting? Don’t you think if he wanted to answer more questions he would have left out the front? “I’m going to file assault charges.” Grow up you baby, his staff and security is there for a reason. To keep people like you away from him. Find another job you sissy cry baby, do the weather or something, or go take a self defense class with some elderly women. Pansy

    1. hornman4u says:

      So, how much is Ahnold paying you?? Or, are you really that intellectually vacant??

    2. Ron says:

      LA Sucks, do you have YOUR HEAD UP YOUR A@S? Arnold needs to be hounded for the rest of his life, for what he did. What are you thinking, are you the illegitimate child of Fabian Nunez, trying protect your brother?

  27. Natur al says:

    How many of you vomplainers voted for Arnie
    in the Davis recall?
    Problem wasn’t the Gov
    It’s CA politicians

  28. AV says:

    Here’s a way to make a statement: next time he releases a movie, instead of purchasing movie tickets just donate the value of the ticket to a fund to assist the family to continue to battle this in court so that this country will never have to face something this despicable by corrupt politicians ever again. Imagine people collecting donations at nearby movie theaters, or better yet, imagine the collections surpassing ticket sales!! What would be the country’s reaction?

    1. Ron says:

      Excellent idea, AV.

  29. nancy huynh says:

    I’ve never seen a poor politician. I’m sure Arnie got SOMETHING for reducing the jail sentence.

  30. David Wallace says:

    I’m so sorry that this kind of insensitive behavior will ultimately go unpunished. I hurt for and with the Santos family.

  31. FromDownUnder says:


  32. Gevalle says:

    Way to go Dave Bryan!!!

  33. Antl says:

    Thanks for sticking with this story Dave! You were amazing.
    Please do not give up. This story is huge and will continue to gain momentum as the victim’s family must face their day in court hopefully to get belated justice.
    I am boycotting any Schwarzenegger movie or production. I will always think of him as a dirty politician who robbed a murder victim and family of justice.

    1. Ron says:

      Hear, hear, Antl, me too.

  34. Scott says:

    Dave: Great job!!! What you did was real journalism asking the tough questions and holding those in power accountable. Arnold is such a dispicable human being. I regret that I voted for him. People like him are terrified of people putting light on this actions so of course he would ignore you and have you pushed away. What a shame for a waste of space.

  35. Sad in San Diego says:

    What a disgusting jerk Arnold is. He should be reminded of his terrible act every day. Thanks to Dave Bryan for asking him about it. He should never be allowed to forget.

    1. Ron says:

      Absolutely right, Sad in San Diego & Scott !! And great job Dave, keep up the good work and don’t give up. Look at all the people that are commenting on this topic.

  36. Debbie says:

    Swartzenegger brought to you by: the $$ of Darrell Issa and managed by Pete Wilson. You get what was paid for.

  37. tom s. says:

    In communist china your not allowed to ask questions either !

  38. Sula P. says:

    Finally, we get some real news, instead of stories about trapped puppies. Excellent work Dave Bryan for exposing dirty slimy classless politcal corruption! Maybe there is hope for Los Angeles yet. Don’t Stop!

  39. zheng ye says:

    Arnold is a steroid using pig

  40. Raul says:

    Arnold can kiss my a$#!!!! A coward piece of $$$$… May he rot in hell will all murderers!!!!

  41. gretl says:

    In Austria we never liked his movies either and that is why we were glad when he left for California !

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