Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Prisons Sued Over Sentence Reduction for Esteban Nunez, Son of Fabian Nunez
Did the Governator violate California's own rules when he reduced the prison sentence of Esteban Nunez, son of pal Fabian Nunez?
A lawsuit filed this week claims he did. Baby Nunez was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison for his involvement in the 2008 stabbing death of a young man at San Diego State University.
As one of his last acts as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger cut that sentence to seven years in early January.
The family of victim Luis Santos was livid, and now it's taking Arnold and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to court.
The suit claims that the the commutation violated a state law that says family of victims must be notified before a sentence is reduce. That notification, the suit argues, didn't happen here.
"By commuting the sentence of one our son's killers, Arnold Schwarzenegger committed a gross injustice against Luis and my family," father Fred Santos said, "against the families of the other victims of the crime, against the people of California and against the constitution of this state."
In a feature on the case we called Nunez and his three co-defendants "Bad Little Suburban Boys."
Daddy Nunez had the powerful post of California Assembly Speaker for some of Arnold's reign and although Schwarzenegger was fond of calling Democrats like him emasculating names, they became fast friends.