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Schwarzenegger gave ex-speaker's son clemency while rejecting similar cases. Is that fair?

January 16, 2011 | 10:33 am

Talk back L.A. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has come under criticism for reducing the sentence of the son of ex-Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez for the younger Nuñez's role in a homicide.

The Times' Jack Dolan reviewed hundreds of pages of court records and found that Schwarzenegger denied clemency for dozens of inmates involved in similar crimes. From his investigation:


In one year alone, Schwarzenegger cast aside decisions by the state's parole board to free 29 such inmates who had served long prison sentences. They, like former state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez's son Esteban, participated in crimes that left a victim dead but did not deliver the fatal blows.

And like the younger Nuñez, 11 of those inmates had no previous criminal record, according to orders from the governor's office in 2009, the most recent year for which records are publicly available.

What do you think? Was the ex-governor inconsistent in allowing clemency?

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