Fabian Núñez: Esteban’s Manslaughter Sentence was Politically Motivated

July 11th, 2011 · 5 Comments

The more former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez has to speak of his son, who was convicted of manslaughter and later had his sentence reduced by then Governor Schwarzenegger, the bigger hole he digs for himself and his future prospects for elected office. Today the elder Núñez is telling the public that his son’s sentence was politically motivated:

“Outside the first court hearing in the case, Fabian Nunez said his son received a tougher sentence because of his father’s political career and the district attorney’s ambitions.

“When you’re dealing with a district attorney like we did in San Diego, who clearly, you know, has aspirations and has always had aspirations for higher office, the approach that they took to my son’s case, and in particular to him, irrespective of the facts of the actual case — they picked on my son from day one,” said Nunez, a Los Angeles Democrat who was termed out of office in 2008.

“You add up an overzealous district attorney with a judge in San Diego who represented that he would, my son, get a much lower sentence and then went back on his word — that’s why we are where we are. It’s just a horrible tragedy all around and I feel horrible,” Nunez said.”

Really, this whole arrest and trial was to some degree politicized, but I think that Núñez and his defense team may have brought that on themselves. Remember when Mayor Villaraigosa was telling us that Esteban was a “good boy” and when politicians and other leaders were writing letters on behalf of the now convicted younger Núñez? If these politicians and other people had not started publicly commenting, maybe the political element would have been lessened. Had Fabian Núñez not asked for any letters, favors from the former Governor, etc. he and his family may have started to regain some goodwill with the California public. And finally, Papa or Mama Núñez should have taken a peek at his child’s myspace account (and the social media for his Hazard Crew friends) for a glimpse into his child’s interests; maybe this tragedy could have been avoided altogether. Many parents who are in high profile positions closely monitor these things because they know the consequences.

Edited to add: the LA Times has a good update of what happened today after the hearing over the now reduced sentence for Esteban Núñez.

Tags: Crime · Fabian Núñez

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Antl // Jul 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    It is very disturbing to watch as Fabian Nunez has no shame with the way he spins the truth regarding what his son, Esteban, is truly guilty of.

    Esteban Nunez plead guilty in court, for being responsible for killing murder victim, Luis Santos. Fabian just did not like the sentence his son received and because of his own anger, he used his friend, Governor Schwarzenegger to ‘fix’ Fabian’s problem.

    Nunez, unfortunately, is a crooked politican who will say or do anything to escape the truth.
    Latinos deserve to be represented by individuals of a much higher caliber than the dishonest and delusional Nunez.

  • 2 cindylu // Jul 14, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I’ve been following this case. I was kind of a fan of Fabian while he was speaker. He was on the students’ side.

    Nevertheless, I was pretty shocked when Esteban got a lighter sentence when AS left office. I really felt for Luis Santos’ parents. I really don’t think Fabian Nuñez’s political career, at least as an elected, is ever going to be the same. There are just too many people, me included, who look at him like sleazeball.

  • 3 Michaelr // Jul 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Human beings of low character have overpopulated the political arena from day one. Not surprisingly, the Latino Political Community is represented by an abundance of human beings of low characters with self-enrichment goals, who have endeared themselves to the Latino voters for no other reason other than their Spanish surnames. That doesn’t say much about the Latino voting community and its inability to see through the dialogue and public behavior of Fabian Nunez, Loretta and Linda Sanchez, Joe Baca, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gil Cedillo, Henry Cisneros, and all the leadership running the non-profits. Are you reading this, all you overpaid lying political whores? Will Latinos emulating the character driven actions of Robert Menendez, Raul Grijalva, and Hilda Solis please stand up and be counted?

  • 4 theKaiser // Jul 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Fabian Nunez and his offspring represent everything that is ugly about the Third World mestizo character, and all its self-loathing, immoral behavioral traits. Michaelr is too optimistic to think there are more Hilda Solis’, Raul Grijalva, and Robert Menendez’s out there. The greed factor means way too much to politicians like Fabian Nunez, the Dirty Sanchez sisters, Joe Baca, and all those non-profit Latino political organizations prostituting themselves to Corporate America. But it’s a noble effort to steer the ship in the right direction.

  • 5 TopCat // Jul 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    That photograph of Esteban Nunez stabbing that cat says a thousand words. And all those words are all very ugly. Thank you LatinoPoliticsBlog for exposing some of the ugly behavior offspring of elected dysfunctional political families convey to their public. In a just world, Fabian Nunez should not be allowed to procreate. This Esteban Nunez is walking excrement.

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