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Villaraigosa won't say if he backs Schwarzenegger's decision to cut prison time for Nuñez's son

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sidestepped questions on Wednesday from reporters who asked if he agreed with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent decision to reduce the prison sentence of 21-year-old Esteban Nuñez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

Villaraigosa called the case, in which Esteban Nuñez pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of a San Diego man, a “tragedy all the way around.” The mayor, who has been a close ally of Schwarzenegger and Fabian Nuñez, also said that “everybody recognizes that when you lose a son, that’s a horrible thing.”

He would not say, however, whether Schwarzenegger did the right thing in cutting the sentence from 16 to 7 years.

“What I’ve said very clearly is that it’s a tragic situation, and that’s all I have to say about it,” he told a roomful of reporters gathered to hear  him celebrate a 7% citywide drop in major crimes last year.

Villaraigosa was one of several high-level officials, along with Los Angeles labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and state Sen. Kevin De Leon, (D-Los Angeles), to write letters on behalf of Esteban Nuñez before a bail reduction hearing two years ago. In his letter, Villaraigosa described Esteban Nuñez as a “decent and responsible young man.”

Schwarzenegger’s decision has drawn protests from some in law enforcement, including San Diego Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis, who said the decision "greatly diminishes justice."

In his commutation order, Schwarzenegger noted it was Ryan Jett, Esteban Nuñez’s friend, who stabbed 22-year-old Luis Santos, severing his heart. In that order, he also noted that after the stabbing, the group went to the Sacramento River, burned their clothes and threw their knives in the river.

Standing next to Police Chief Charlie Beck, Villaraigosa also told reporters that he had not personally spoken with Schwarzenegger about the commutation.

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall
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What's tragic is that he is as corrupt as Arnold.

Of course he won't answer that question. He's a coward like all the rest of politicians! There are very few politicians, if any and all, will come out and tell you what they really think about decisive issues or issues where public opinion does not line up with their own opinion. This is probably the reason why I couldn't be a politician. I call it like I see it and my tongue would get me in trouble with the people my first hour into the job.

Typical corrupt politicians who have no respect for our laws and justice system.

Villaraigosa is a coward and knows darn well that DIRTY POLITICS played a key role in having our Former Corrupt Gov. Schwarzenegger and his partner in crime, Former Assembly Speaker, Fabian Nunez sentence reduced from 16 years to 6 years??? Remember folks, Esteban Nunez did not killed anyone, but he STABBED 2 other individuals, again he stabbed 2 other individuals who were luck to live to tell their stories, looks like Arnold, Fabian and Villaraigosa need to brush up on their english reading skills vs turning the check the other way acting like women!

Everyone paste on your facebook, twitter page, contact Gov. Jerry Brown & Washington to help us get a full investigation into this Corrupt decision Schwarzenegger & Nunez shook hands on!

Wow, Esteben Nunez told his friends after the stabbing not to worry if they were caught his dad would take care of everything, guess he was right, with good conduct he will probably be out of jail next week. I hope the Governor at least had the respect to contact the Santos family personally about his decsion and ask what their opnion was. If only there had been more time to recall Arnold.

Welcome to Mexico. Where cronyism and nepotism is alive and well. Antonio didn't our mothers and fathers leave Mexico to get away from this monkey business.

do the right thing and give Nunez his original sentence OR reduce everyone else's term then call it fair.

Of course he supported it! What a coward, he won't even state a position. This is another loser that needs to go!

To call it fair one of two things need to be done. Either have Nunez go back to his original sentence that he was given or reduce all other inmates terms.

Why doesn't this article also mention that the mayor is also this scumbags godfather, or something to that effect?

He is a POS.

Tony the coward. He was probably on the phone to Arnold, right alongside his buddy Fabian. And I'm sure Esteban is indeed a “decent and responsible young man,” except for the part about killing people.

Fabian Nunez's political career is over. Maybe he'll have better luck in Mexico.

His letter to the parole board is his position. Tough on crime...until it's one of your own.

Villaraigosa, please go away and never come back!!



Well, this speaks volumes.

The L.A. City Council should vote to impeach Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosa: “What I’ve said very clearly is that it’s a tragic situation, and that’s all I have to say about it.”

That's it! You said nothing!

The mayor don't give a hot **** about the victim, his family, his critics, the economy, the city, his family, his image, his legacy, and if he had another term, he would run LA into a lake, and make sure it had no paddles to get back.

He has failed in everything he has done, or cheated to do it.

The Mayor had few words about the case, stating only:
"I have nothing bad to say. Nothing at all. Hell, I may even find myself going to prison someday, in need of some help."

Since the mayor lied about having an accident in his work vehicle, I haven't trusted him. He should have been fired for lying on a public document. Why is he still in office LA Times staff? Why aren't you investigating him?

Villaraigosa already stated his position on this. He wrote a letter to the judge saying Esteban Nunez was "an excellent young man." I don't think an excellent young man goes around stabbing people. Villaraigosa supported this decision or even had a say in it....

There is one set of rules for the political and entertainment industry, and the other set of rules for the rest of us.

It's time to bring down these oligarchies.

Villaraigosa is pro Mexican. No need to ask him what he thinks about this.

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