September 20, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has ruled that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't break any laws when he cut the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally just hours before leaving office last year.
Sacramento County Judge Lloyd Connelly ruled Friday in Schwarzenegger's favor after the victim's family and the San Diego district attorney sued.
Schwarzenegger had cut the sentence of Esteban Nunez from 16 years to seven. Nunez is the son of the governor's political ally, Fabian Nunez.
Connelly says that while what Schwarzenegger did was "distasteful and repugnant," he did not violate the voter-approved Marsy's law.
The family of the victim, 22-year-old college student Luis Santos, argued that Schwarzenegger should have notified them or the district attorney who prosecuted the case.
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