The Santos Family Deserves Justice Under Marsy’s Law

Parent Still Smolders Over Nuñez Case

– The San Diego Union-Tribune, By Michael Gardner

Fred Santos still fumes, nearly three full years since first reading then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s flippant defense for reducing the prison sentence of a political ally’s son by saying “Well, hello! I mean, of course you help a friend.”

Santos keeps reminding himself that perhaps some day the courts will provide his family a voice in overturning that decision, long after his son, Luis Santos, a Mesa College student, was stabbed to death in an October 2008 fight on the San Diego State University campus.

Santos, through his private attorney and in conjunction with the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, has filed fresh appeals as part of an ongoing legal challenge to Schwarzenegger’s 11th-hour commutation for Esteban Nuñez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. Schwarzenegger cut by more than half the original prison sentence.

Santos contends that California voters, by passing “Marsy’s Law” on the 2008 ballot, enshrined in the state’s constitution the assurance that victims and their families are given a chance to argue against commutations before a final decision is made.


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