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Appeals court upholds Schwarzenegger's clemency for Nuñez son
Appeals court upholds Schwarzenegger's clemency for Nuñez son

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger waited until his last day in office to announce the commutation of convicted killer Esteban Nuñez, the son of a powerful political ally, and then gave this explanation: “Of course you help a friend.” His decision in January 2011 to reduce Nuñez’s sentence from 16 years to seven years sparked outraged editorials, swift legislation, an outcry from victims’ rights groups and widespread condemnation from Democrats and Republicans. On Tuesday, a California appeals court said the former governor’s action was nonetheless within his rights, and upheld the reduced prison term. “We are compelled to conclude that, while...

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