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  • Ex-Gov Feels "Good" About Nunez Commutation

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42671944...os_angeles_ca/

    By Michelle Wayland
    NBCLosAngeles.com NBCLosAngeles.com
    updated 12 minutes ago 2011-04-20T00:15:21

    Arnold Schwarzenegger says he understands the anger over reducing a prison sentence for the son of a political ally, but said he feels “good” about the decision in his first public comment on the commutation, according to Newsweek.

    “I understand people’s disappointments. I understand the parents’ anger. I would probably feel the same way,” Schwarzenegger told Newsweek.

    Esteban Nunez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, pleaded guilty for his role in the 2008 stabbing death of San Diego Mesa College student Luis Santos, 22.

    Schwarzenegger cut Nunez’ sentence from 16 years to 7 years. He made the call during the last minutes of his term and did not notify either party before deciding.

    The former California governor admitted to Newsweek that his office made a mistake in not notifying the parents beforehand.

    “And I’m ultimately responsible.” But, Schwarzenegger added, “I feel good about the decision … I happen to know the kid really well. I don’t apologize about it.”

    Esteban Nunez and others were convicted in the stabbing death of Santos, a business student at San Diego's Mesa College. Prosecutors say Nunez and his friends from Sacramento were upset about being kicked out of a fraternity party, had been drinking alcohol and were seeking revenge when they encountered a group of unarmed students that included Santos.

    Three others were injured in the attack on the campus of San Diego State University, including two people stabbed by Esteban Nunez. The group then fled to Sacramento, where prosecutors say they hid and destroyed evidence.

    Santos’ parents, Fred and Kathy Santos, filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court asking the court to restore the 16-year sentence.

    Schwarzenegger's action also has prompted a number of bills seeking to reduce the governor's clemency powers or ensure that victims' families are notified before such decisions are made public.

    “There’s criticism out there. I think it’s just because of our working relationship and all that. It maybe was kind of saying, ‘That’s why he did it.’ Well, hello! I mean, of course you help a friend,” Schwarzenegger told Newsweek.

    District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says her office was blindsided by Schwarzenegger's decision.

    On Tuesday Dumanis had two words about Schwarzenegger's comments.

    "I'm speechless," she said.
    “Let him go, Lou. Someone driving that fast has no time for a ticket.”
    -Chief Wiggum

  • #2
    Pathetic..................Arnold.....who did absolutely nothing for the state of Caleeeefornia.

    Who ever thought about giving someone the power to grant clemency?? And to have it done as a political move? What a disgrace...shame on you Arnold...go back to acting..you no longer have the power to make decisions that affect people's lives.

    PS...thanks for "reforming" workman's comp (sarcastic). Hasta la vista baby...and don't let the door hit you in the arse on the way out!
    This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LAC_LE View Post

      “There’s criticism out there. I think it’s just because of our working relationship and all that. It maybe was kind of saying, ‘That’s why he did it.’ Well, hello! I mean, of course you help a friend,” Schwarzenegger told Newsweek.
      Pathetic!

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      • #4
        Schwarzenegger is a first class POS.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SHU View Post
          Schwarzenegger is a first class POS.
          +1,000. An elitist coward of the first degree that never deserved or earned the trust of the electorate.
          "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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          • #6
            I know one agency that loved him...hahaha

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            • #7
              Are you mad that he told the truth rather than beating around the bush and making up lies like a normal politician?
              What is Perseverance?
              -Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
              -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
              -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


              BOP - BPA - ICE

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
                Are you mad that he told the truth rather than beating around the bush and making up lies like a normal politician?
                The ex-governor doesn't deserve the "privilege" of hiding behind his status as an elected official to excuse such a despicable act. The public he was supposed to have served has every right to be mad about his abuse of power and the arrogance he displayed when that abuse came to light.
                "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                  Last edited by avalon42; 03-13-2015, 05:50 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Well HELLO! I mean of course he is an idiot!
                    Originally posted by FJDave
                    GM, you have just set the bar that much higher for the rest of us in our witty, sarcastic responses. I yield to you! Good job, kind Sir!

                    District B13
                    "We are not cops nor Feds." yet he still poses as an officer Hmmmm


                    Grant us grace, fearlessly, to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression.--WWII memorial

                    "I have loved justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in exile."

                    Pope Gregory V II

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