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New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 20, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Seiving New Mexico for 156 years WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2005 FIFTY CENTS Labmanagement contenders submit bids By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Tuesday marked the end of an era as two bigtime bidders put forth their concepts for running Los Alamos National Laboratory in the firstever competition held by the Department of Energy The University of California has operated the lab since 1943 when the federal government was in a hurry to build the atomic bomb Now no matter which team wins in December a forprofit corporation will be in the picture Even if UC wins it wont be the same old UC as lab manager Three industrial partners Bechtel National BWX Technologies and Washington Group International have joined UC in a limitedliabil ity corporation called Los Alamos National Security The group is up against Lockheed Martin Corp and The University of Texas a partnership known as Los Alamos Alliance LLC On Tuesday it unveiled a network of 33 other schools including Johns Hopkins University designed to give the nations top scientists a hand in research at Los Alamos New Mexico universities would be invited to join Los Alamos lab with a billion budget UC employees and Please see LAB Page A4 Paul Robinson Leader of UT bidding team Michael Anastasio Leader of UC bidding team Key dates in LANL contract bid Tuesday Proposals due from bidders Aug 2128 Bidders deliver oral presentations to Department of Energy selection board Dec 1 DOE scheduled to announce contract award May 31 The current University of California contract expires June 1 New contractor1 takes over The New Mexican INSIDE Antinuke groups bid for LANL contract Page A4 Bush picks conservative for Supreme Court post ROBERTS NOMINATION DODGES CONFLICT FOR NOW The Associated Press President Bush announces his nominee for the Supreme Court John G Roberts at the White House on Tuesday Roberts a solid conservative appeals court judge has impressed Democrats and Republicans alike with his performance on the bench and as a private attorney who has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court By RON HUTCHESON Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON President Bush nominated appellate Judge John G Roberts Jr for the Supreme Court on Tuesday choosing a quiet conservative who might be able to avoid a bitter confirma tion battle Roberts a member of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a former clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and a former legal counsel in the Reagan White House His nomination pleased conservative activists who generally view him as a solid addition to the courts conservative wing Democrats held their fire saying they wanted to know more about Roberts opinions on abor tion individual rights and other sensitive issues If confirmed by the Senate he would replace Justice Sandra Day OConnor a swing vote who often tipped the court balance against her more conservative colleagues Bush praised the nominee as a man of extraordinary accomplishment and integrity He will strictly apply theConstitution and laws not legislate from the Bush said in nationally televised remarks Judge Roberts has served his fellow citizens well He is pre pared for even greater Roberts 50 whos argued 39 cases at the Supreme Court and won 25 said he was humbled by his selection I always got a lump in my throat whenever Please see COURT Page A2 John G Roberts Jr Born Jan Buffalo Family Wife Jane son John daughter Josephine Career Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit June 2003 to present principal deputy solicitor general Department of Jus tice 19891993 private practice Washington associate White House Counsels Office 19821986 special assistant to the attorney general Department of Justice 19811982 law clerk Associate Justice William Rehnquist 19801981 law clerk Hon Henry Friendly Court of Appeals for the Sec ond Circuit 19791980 On the issues Some of John Roberts stands on issues that come before the Supreme Court Abortion As a lawyer in the administration of President Bushs father he helped write a Supreme Court brief that said We continue to believe that Roe v Wade was wrongly decided and should be Religion Roberts unsuccessfully urged the Supreme Court to rule that public schools could spon sor prayer at graduation ceremonies V Environment As a judge he was sympathetic to argumentsthat wildlife regulations were uncon stitutional as applied to a California construction project The government feared the project would hurt arroyo toads Criminal matters He ruled police did not vio late the constitutional rights of a 12yearold girl who was arrested handcuffed and detained for eating a single french fry inside a train station in Washington Military tribunals Roberts was part of a unani mous decision last week that allowed the Pentagon to proceed with plans to use military tribunals to try terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay The Associated Press Respected lawyer has argued highprofile Supreme Court cases By GINA HOLLAND The Associated Press WASHINGTON John G Roberts Jr has solid conservative credentials and a lengthy background as a government lawyer and a pri vate attorney whose clients ranged from big companies to welfare recipients But his record as a judge is short and rela tively nondescript Roberts 50 has been on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit only since June 2003 where he has shown a penchant for backing the Bush administration If confirmed to the Supreme Court Roberts would immediately be put to the test with four deathpenalty cases a challenge to an abortion law an assistedsuicide case and an appeal that touches on gay rights All will be argued in the term that begins Oct 3 A member of the conservative Federalist Society that is influential on Bushs judicial picks Roberts is a widely respected lawyer President Bush called him one of the best legal minds of his Roberts is a familiar face at the Supreme Court where he clerked for Chief Justice Wil liam H Rehnquist and successfully argued many Please see CASES Page A5 Courts blunders lucky for man with 4th DWI Judge reduces charge because man wasnt advised of rights in earlier cases By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican A 38yearold Santa Fe man charged with his fourth drunkendriving offense received a lucky break Tues day in District Court thanks to historically lax procedures at Santa Fe Municipal Court District Judge Michael Vigil refused to accept one of Eugene Sargents former DWI convictions because he said Sargent wasnt adequately advised of his rights while a prosecutor did not introduce evidence of another convic tion for similar reasons Therefore Sargent was sentenced for the latest offense which took place in 2003 as if it were his second DWI which reduced it to a misdemeanor Defen dants are charged with felony DWI upon receiving a fourth citation Because the consequences for DWI are so great the court is required to apply a very strict standard for guilty Vigil said This doesnt qualify as a guilty Please see DWI Page A8 Arnies Mai box B6 Movies C2 Business D4 Classifeds El Comics D6 B6 Horoscope Local news Cl Lotteries C2 Muluals Opinion D4 A7 Police notes C2 Scoreboard B2 Sports Bl Slocks Taste D5 Dl Todays obituaries Aurelia M Anaya 77 July 16 Daniel A Martinez 82 El Rito July 17 Edumenio Ortiz 89 Santa Fe July 18 Helen M Kooi 85 Santa Fe July 17 Luz 0 Ortiz 94 Pojoaque July 15 Reino Wuorinen July 18 Scott A Paul 24 July 12 Sylvester Tumetta 71 Albuquerque July 18 William D Sapien 18 July 17 Page C2 Todays forecast Sun some clouds and hot High 96 low 63 Page C8 Five sections 36 pages 156th year Issue No 201 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 iA i T 1