In the latest edition of San Diego Explained, our weekly explainer piece filmed in conjunction with NBC San Diego, we take a look at the controversy surrounding convicted felon Esteban Nuñez:

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I’ve been following the Nuñez debacle on this blog: The son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, was involved in a drunken brawl in 2008 near San Diego State University that left one man dead. Nuñez pleaded guilty to manslaughter, avoiding a possible life sentence if he had gone to trial on a murder charge, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Then, in the 11th hour of his tenure, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Nuñez’s sentence.

Why does the governor get to commute the sentences of criminals? How are his powers limited, and how do California lawmakers hope to further limit those powers in the future?

Answers to these questions and more on San Diego Explained.

(Plus you get to see me in a suit, which doesn’t happen very often.)

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Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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