Pointless apologies of 2011
The excuses, confessions and non-apologies of the year.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger( Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; Dave Getzschman / For The Times )
What happened: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the prison sentence of Esteban Nuñez, who had been sentenced to 16 years for his role in a brawl that resulted in Luis Dos Santos' fatal stabbing.
The apology: In a letter dated Jan. 5, Schwarzenegger wrote, "It is with heavy heart that I write to you in acknowledgment that my commutation of Esteban Nuñez has caused you more pain. I recognize that the last-minute nature of my final acts as Governor provided you no notice, no time to prepare for or absorb the impact of this decision. For that I apologize." Santos' father said the decision was "100% politics and nothing but," referring to the close relationship between Schwarzenegger and Nuñez's father, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.
In May, Schwarzenegger also apologized to his friends and family for fathering a child more than decade ago with a member of his household staff.