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January 2, 2011

Outgoing Governor Schwarzenegger grants commutations and pardons

On his way out of the Governor's office, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made some notable use of his clemency powers.  Press releases here and here provide these basics and links to the Governor's statements on each grant:

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a sentence commutation for Sara Jessimy Kruzan, Esteban Nunez and Alberto Magana Torres.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has granted a pardon to Kenneth Earl Autrey, Rex Black, Stephen Brown, Amnon Charash, Stephen Gaggero, Patrick Lee Harrelson, Robert Donald Harris, John Alexander Maclean and a conditional pardon to Rose Ann Parker.

Here are some press reports on a few of these grants:

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This is really an injustice to the family of the murdered man. It's ridiculous a killer can be his sentence almost shaved in half because of his family connections......

Posted by: Lisa | Jan 3, 2011 5:52:24 AM

Regarding the commutation of Esteban Nunez, son of the former Speaker of the State Assembly, the idea that a recent plea bargain is undone within months is ridiculous. I wonder if the Governor even bothered to find out from the San Diego DA's Office what really happened here. Frankly, Nunez getting seven years, after the commutation, hardly accounts for the two other people that were stabbed by him that night. Essentially he gets for free his assistance in the murder of another by one of his friends. The icing on the cake of this absurdity is that the deceased victim's family found out from the newspaper, outrageous.

The criminal law can be harsh when you aid and abet a murder as it should be, but Nunez had not even filed his appeal yet. The Governor should have let the process run its course to allow the the defendant to show some real progress in prison, then carefully consider a commutation. Of course by then, he would no longer be in office. There is no other way to look at this than someone who had an influential father and got ahead of the line. Disgusting. One can only hope Esteban Nunez gets the message or there will be blood on Schwarzenegger's hands given the way this was handled.

Posted by: David | Jan 3, 2011 10:01:42 AM

Disgusting really isn't a strong enough word. Arnold Schwarzenegger should simply no longer be acceptable in polite company.

Posted by: federalist | Jan 3, 2011 9:27:02 PM

I'm just a regular person, who happened across your blog.

WHAT FREAKIN BS!!! My father, a Vietnam Veteran and career USAF, Retired Master Sargeant was WRONGLY convicted of sexual battery in 1996. In early, 2010, the courts OVERTURNED the ruling and DISMISSED his case. Due to the "Law," he is still not dismissed of this WRONGFUL conviction and must continue to register as a sex offender, unless he is pardoned by the governor of California. While I understand the two cases which are more publicized than the other seven he pardoned, why wasn't my father given a chance? My father has led a clean life, with only a freaking speeding ticket happening in 2009!

What do we need to do now? Who can we turn to?

Posted by: Tammy R McCullough | Jan 4, 2011 12:11:38 PM

sounds to me tammy your dad needs a new lawyer. If the courts have indeed overturned and dismissed the case the state is VIOLATING THE LAW by forcing him to register for a conviction that NOLONGER EXISTS sounds to me like major grounds for a federal lawsuit.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jan 4, 2011 4:09:56 PM

Arnold did not care about upholding people’s rights when he was governor. While he was in office he signed Senate bill SBX211. That Senate bill granted Retro Active immunity to Judges for taking bribes. The Santos, family will not receive a fair trial for the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger gave immunity for multiple felony offence committed by the California Judges. Arnold committed treason by signing SBX211. (see) How to Disqualify Your Judge. Judges received immunity for taking bribes but they do not have immunity for proceeding in a case where there is a clear bias created by the bribes. FRAUD ON THE COURT

Posted by: daniel cooper | Apr 26, 2011 9:42:40 PM

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