The Press Enterprise, " Ex-Assembly leader angers family of slain student"

Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, whose son’s sentence in the stabling death of a college student was reduced by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before he left office, said Marsy’s Law does not apply in the case. Nunez accused San Diego’s District Attorney of using the controversy to boost her mayoral campaign, but the family of the victim, Luis Santos, said it was Nunez who politicized the tragedy. - HTN Foundation


The Associated Press


Former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said Monday that his son's manslaughter sentence last year in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old college student was politically motivated, angering the parents of the victim.

The parents are suing the state and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, claiming that he violated state law when he failed to notify them that he was reducing Esteban Nunez's sentence from 16 years to seven just hours before leaving office.

Outside the first court hearing in the case, Fabian Nunez said his son received a tougher sentence because of his father's political career and the district attorney's ambitions.