Monday, October 3, 2011
The Los Angeles Times reports Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring that prosecutors be notified before acting on requests to commute prison sentences. The law was designed, of course, in response to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's last minute decision to reduce the 16 year sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of "political ally" Fabian Nunez, to a mere seven years. A spokeswoman for the Governor says "Victims and their families should not be blindsided when a request is made for a sentence to be commuted," and the bill will ensure "ample notification and a more transparent process." See story here.