Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, just hours before leaving the governor’s office, shaved nine years off the combined 16-year sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.To me it's a terrible decision revealing the very worst side of politics. Schwarzenegger backed off of prison reform through his whole tenure of office; here at the end, far too late, he is admitting at last that there is an alternative path. There are literally hundreds of men and some women in Nunez's exact situation whose sentences aren't being reduced. The only compassion being expressed here is for the formerly powerful Speaker of the State Assembly, Fabian Nunez. If you commute part of Esteban Nunez's sentence--I don't object to that--you should also commute part of the sentences of those hundreds of others. This is privilege at its worst.
The younger Nunez was one of three young men charged in a knife fight near San Diego State University in October 2008, in which Luis Dos Santos was stabbed to death. The man who wielded the knife in the fatal attack, Ryan Jett, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to state prison.
Schwarzenegger Substantially Reduces Nunez's Jail Time
This will certainly keep California Republicans screaming turncoat and "worst Governor ever." But it should start California Democrats screaming the same.