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San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is out for “justice” in former-Governor Schwarzenegger’s commutation of Esteban Nunez during his final day in office.

In 2010 Nunez pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon during a fight near SDSU

On May 11, Dumanis announced that her office filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of victims Luis Santos, Evan Henderson, Keith Robertson, and Brandon Scheerer.

Dumanis argues that the Governor failed to notify the victims and did not give them a chance to speak to the commutation as required under a provision in Marsy’s Law, a victims bill of rights act approved in 2008.

“Once again, we are going to court seeking justice for the victims in this case,” said Dumanis. “A governor who is considering a commutation has the constitutional duty under Marsy’s Law to include the voices of the victims. In this case, that clearly didn’t happen.”

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Michael Hemmingson May 12, 2011 @ 9:41 a.m.

I wonder if any such pleadings have been filed to reverse a Presidential pardon...an effective reinstatement would create a precedent no political office will like...one of the powerful perks of the President and Governor's office is to grant pardons and commutes, either for publicity, to right a wrong, or as a political favor. It's part of the system, the way things are, whether we like it or not.


tomjohnston May 12, 2011 @ 10:20 a.m.

I highly doubt anyone has or will file such pleadings. The president's powers to pardon under Article 2 Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution are absolute. There is no congressional input into the pardon process, no judicial review, no standards and and only one limitation -- no pardons for the impeached. Except for impeachment, the Constitution places no restrictions whatsoever on the president in granting pardons. Once the pardon has been delivered, it cannot be reversed. Any limitation or change to the president's power to grant pardons would require an amendment to the Constitution.


SurfPuppy619 May 12, 2011 @ 1:52 p.m.

Presdiential pardons have the exact same problems, Clinton pardoned Marc Rich and tht drug dealer from So Cal, Vignali -both gave HUGE $$$ to Clinton.

It is a quid pro quo, plain and simple.


I Am Stardirt May 12, 2011 @ 10:14 a.m.

In Schwartzenegger's testosterone laden world, he did the right thing. After all, boyz will be boyz, and sometimes, mistakes happen. Nunez admitted to it. He deserves a reward for being a stand-up guy.

Dumanis, wants to be Mayor. Need I say more?


Gail Powell May 12, 2011 @ 11:31 a.m.

This is just a PUBLICITY STUNT for Bonnie Dumanis to get some attention towards her FLOUNDERING MAYORAL CAMPAIGN! Bonnie Dumanis could care less about Nunez or his family. She just wants to get her ugly mug & hideous Boston accent out there in front of the cameras. This "lawsuit" will surely be thrown out by a judge who knows the law, but Bonnie will have succeeded in pimping herself out there for the voters to try & see her as "a crusader for justice," which is about as LAUGHABLE a proposal as they come!


I Am Stardirt May 13, 2011 @ 9:54 a.m.

As a former Razorback, I think that kind of comparison is uncalled for.


SDPatient May 13, 2011 @ 2:37 p.m.

Bonnie Dumanis is the worst District Attorney San Diego has ever had. Every move her office has made has been politically driven rather then driven by the interests of public safety. She should immediately drop out of the Mayoral race as well as resign as DA and spare more suffering of innocent victims under her reign. Visit the NOT DUMANIS page on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Not-Dumanis-San-Diego-Citizens-Against-Bonnie-Dumanis-for-Mayor-in-2012/129674723757629


Gail Powell May 14, 2011 @ 8:12 a.m.

@TheRailsplitter: I despise Bonnie Dumanis as much as you do! But please rein in your seething hatred and condemnation of her for your own good. I would hate to see Bonnie come after you again as someone who is a danger to her welfare.

I, too, have been on the receiving end of Bonnie's "judicial mischief" and loathe every single thing about the D.A. When people hear what happened to me, they shake their heads in disbelief. My story will also come out someday and some people at a local radio station will have a lot of explaining to do.

Please channel your righteous anger and sense of injustice to proper channels: Join NOT DUMANIS on Facebook, where we do not let one Bonnie tidbit escape our attention. We will be all over that witch from the east when the Mayoral debates start next year and plan to sit in the audience with our NOT DUMANIS t-shirts proudly worn and talk to all the media about Bonnie. My best to you dear @TheRailsplitter. FIGHT ON BROTHER!


Visduh May 14, 2011 @ 8:58 a.m.

Gee Railsplitter, why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel?


I Am Stardirt May 14, 2011 @ 11:54 a.m.

Railsplitter the only way you will get an attorney to take on a fight like this, is to have lots of money. I'm assuming you have lots of money. OK, coffers are empty, I have a book I'll donate to the cause.

"Mind Manipulation, Ancient and Modern Ninja Techniques."


realnews May 15, 2011 @ 5:03 p.m.

For more on Bonnie Dumanis failures see the District Attorney section, here.



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