LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The parents of a college student stabbed to death 2 1/2 years ago sued former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday over his decision to reduce the prison term of a politically-connected assailant convicted in the slaying.
Some legal experts said the lawsuit has little chance of success because California governors historically have enjoyed wide latitude under the law to commute sentences of convicted criminals.
Esteban Nunez, the son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in an October 2008 drunken brawl near San Diego State University that led to the fatal stabbing of Luis Santos, a 22 year-old student.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, shortened the sentence to seven years in one of his last acts as governor on January 2.
Santos' parents, Fred and Kathy, are seeking through their lawsuit filed in Sacramento to have a California court overturn Schwarzenegger's commutation and force Esteban Nunez to serve his full sentence.Answer Question
Answer by skittles1108 at 1:29 PM on Jan. 21, 2011
I'm getting tired of Governors on their way out reducing sentencesfor people who are guilty of the crimes they were convicted of. First the man in New York who shot an unarmed teen in the face gets out after only serving a few months of his sentence and now this. smh.
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