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Brown suspicious of bill to alter pardon power

Esteban Nunez, the son of former Calif. Assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2008 San Diego killing.

February 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Gov. Jerry Brown said he's suspicious of efforts to change pardon powers of the California governor.

A proposed bill would ban a governor from issuing pardons, commutations or clemency rulings in the final 30 days of an administration.

Hours before he left office, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut the 16-year manslaughter prison sentence of Esteban Nunez, son of a political ally, to only 7 years. Schwarzenegger's action sparked outrage and a lawsuit by the slain boy's family.

Brown said there are few opportunities for clemencies and the governor rarely uses the power.