SF Gate, "Assembly sends commutation limits bill to governor"

The California Assembly unanimously passed AB 684, which requires the governor to give at least 10 days notice before granting clemency to a convicted criminal. Gov. Jerry Brown has not indicated if he will sign the bill. Backers say former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger violated victims’ rights of notification under Marsy’s Law by reducing the manslaughter sentence of Esteban Nunez, son of political ally Fabian Nunez. - HTN Foundation

Assembly sends commutation limits bill to governor

(08-29) 14:49 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) --

The California Assembly unanimously approved a bill Monday to slow down the governor's ability to grant clemency to convicted criminals.

The measure came in response to a controversial decision by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reduce the sentence of a political ally's son just hours before leaving office.

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, AB648 by Democratic Assemblyman Marty Block of San Diego would require the governor to give at least 10 days of notice to the district attorney in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred before acting on an application for clemency.


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