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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against son of ex-Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez in stabbing death

The parents of a San Diego college student who was fatally stabbed in 2008 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his four assailants, including the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez.

The lawsuit, on behalf of Fred and Kathy Santos of Concord, was filed in San Diego County Superior Court by the firm Estey Bomberger, which specializes in wrongful death cases. The suit seeks unspecified damages from Esteban Nuñez, Ryan Jett, Rafael Garcia and Leshanor Thomas, all of whom pleaded guilty in the case.

The suit is separate from that filed by the Santos family against former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reduced Esteban Nuñez's sentence from 16 years to 7 years. That lawsuit asserts that the governor violated the state's Victims Bill of Rights by not notifying the Santos family of his pending decision and allowing them to argue against it.

Luis Santos, 22, was stabbed to death when Nuñez and his three friends started a street brawl out of anger at being blocked from attending a fraternity party adjacent to San Diego State University.

Nuñez and Jett pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon; Thomas and Garcia pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Nuñez and Jett were both sentenced to 16 years.

Schwarzenegger based his decision to reduce Nuñez's sentence on evidence that it was Jett who plunged the knife into Luis Santos' heart, not Nuñez. He reasoned that it was unfair that Nuñez received the same sentence at Jett.

"A civil jury will ultimately find out the true facts about Mr. Nuñez's involvement and will render a verdict accordingly," said attorney Stephen Estey. "There is nothing the governor will be able to do to disturb or overturn the verdict."


Commuted sentence of Fabian Nuñez's son could spark lawsuit

Fabian Nuñez gave Kindle to official at prison where son is serving sentence

Schwarzenegger sent apology letter to victim's family after commuting Esteban Nuñez's sentence

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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GREAT! "Nuñez and his three friends started a street brawl out of anger at being blocked from attending a fraternity party .... Nuñez and Jett pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon."

They should sue Schwarzenegger too!

You will get a gigantic uncollectible award.

If you reread the article, El Fweido, you'll see that they also filed a suit against Schwarzenegger.

If I ever see Fabian Nunez as a candidate for public office again, I will take personal time to actively campaign against him. Nunez was a grossly negligent failure as a father, and it speaks volumes about his character.

Hey quick! Somebody call Ahhnuld and let him know they are picking on his friend again!

My prayers are with the Santos'. Nunez needs to pay the full price. The Gov. showed his true colors.

Let's see if Nuñez could use his political connections to weasel his way out of paying compensation to the Santos family for the death of the San Diego college student. Hopefully, the jury would rule in favor of the suit and even if Nuñez' sentence has been reduced, the wrongful death lawsuit will hit the pockets of the politician hard enough to hurt. Money will never bring back the life of Luis Santos but Nuñez should be made to pay for his death.


It's only a matter of luck/fate/whatever that Nunez didn't kill Santos. He did admit to stabbing someone else. Arnold is a putz. Nunez is a sleazebag father. Neither should be elected dog poop collector ever again.

Go get them, Nunez is a product of his father, who is a joke. Hopefully the people will see, he is not fit to be in office.

Who as a father has a son who grows up like this. It is a Father who was not involved in his kids life. Not an image a politician should have.

vote him out


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