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Nuñez: My Status Affected Son’s Criminal Case


Aired 5/19/11

Nunez Entire Interview


Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez defended former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s controversial decision to commute his son’s sentence from 16 years to seven.

In an interview with California Capitol Network, Nuñez said his son was treated more harshly in San Diego’s courts because of his political status. He believed the ex-governor reversed a wrong that had been done to his son.

“When the justice system in San Diego was done with Estaban, they dealt with him very differently than they dealt with everyone else.," Nuñez said. "And so, to me, that wore very, very heavily on me because, I felt deeply, being who I am, hurt my son.”

He said the “tragic death” of Luis Santos, who was stabbed during a fight near San Diego State University in 2008, haunts the Nuñez family every day. He does not expect anyone to feel sorry for him and that his pain cannot compare to that of the Santos family.

The controversy over the shortened sentence has not ended. Both the victim’s family and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis have sued to nullify the commutation.

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Speedy123 | May 19, 2011 at 9:20 p.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

I find Nunez's media tour nauseating. I'm sorry but who he is isn't as important to the rest of the world as it is to him and his son. If Nunez was certainly as remorseful as he describes, then one might think he would have called the Santos family to apologize for his son's stupidity and gangbanger actions.

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astrofan | May 20, 2011 at 10:53 a.m. ― 5 years, 10 months ago

This dirtbag raised a dirtbag. He stabbed on boy twice coming very close to killing me. He helped attempt to cover up the murder. He bragged his father would get him off. His father, who was busy shaking down campaign contributers so he could fly around the world and eat at the best restaurants and drink expensive wine, instead of raising a proper child, got his dirtbag buddy--Schwarzenegger--to cut the sentence in half. They are all despicable.

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