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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE LoaDy owned and independent Serving New Mexico far 156 yews SUNDAY AUGUST7 2005 ONE DOLLAR accused DWI records Former Municipal Court clerk says judge changed documents to make her sentencing record appear harsher than it was Luis Sanchez New Mexican A former clerk says Municipal Judge Frances Gailegos ordered him and other employees to pull every drunkendriving case she adjudicated during her nearly 10 years on the bench after receiving criticism from an antiDWI group The clerk sard Gailegos then altered some of the new disposition forms often inflat ing jail sentences and the amount of time defendants spent behind bars By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Santa Fe Municipal Judge Frances Gal legos systematically altered records of numerous DWI cases often inflating jail sentences and the amount of time defen dants spent behind bars according to documents and a former court clerk The monthslong project involving various members of her court staff began a little over a year ago after an antidrivingwhileintoxicated organizationcriticized Gailegos for allowing 92 percent of Santa Fes worst drunken drivers to escape with no jail time I really think she was trying to make like she was tough on DWIs by putting in jail said Jeremy Hanika a former administrative assis tant to Municipal Court Administrator Mary Anne Caldwell I we started the project the very next day after the report came Gailegos 55 responded to the groups criticism by asserting she had been sentencing people to jaijl but her clerks had not been writing the sentences on reports sent to the states Motor Vehicle Division I can assure the judge said in May 2004 convicted of an aggravated DWI in my court is getting at least the minimum sentence by law is two The next day Gailegos ordered her clerks to pull not only every aggravated DWI case she had ever adjudicated in her nearly 10 years on the bench but every DWI case shed ever handled Gailegos then retroactively reported jailsen tence information missing from the documents sent to the Motor Vehicle Division A study of some of the documents shows that the retroactive reports specifically the jail time sen tenced and the time defendants actually spent in jail often did not match the original reports Please see GALLEGOS Page A6 Frances Gallegos Age 55 Background Native of Villanueva grew up in Colorado and has livedin SantaFe for about 20 Occupation Municipal judge for nearly id years Education Associates degrees in general studies from Arapaho Junior College in Littleton and in business administration frorn Santa Fe Community College a broadcast journalism during military service Colorado real estate license Judicialeducation courses at The University of New Mexico Law School Experience Veteran of the Air Force Green Party member who worked as ombudsman for former Republican Lt Gov Walter Bradley Defeated incumbent Tom the municipal judge position in 1996 reelected in 2000 and 2004 Bombs are biggest threat to troops in Iraq EDITORS NOTE The Associated Press has been keeping a casualty countsince the war began in Iraq in March 2003 This story is based in part on thosefigures and the Defense Depart ments explanation for how the Ameri cans diedIt is part of series of periodic looks at the overall situation in Iraq By ROBERT H REID and JIM KRANE The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraq Bombs like the titanic roadside blast that killed 14 Marines last week are becoming the biggest killers of troops in Iraq sur passing bullets rockets and mortars as insurgents wage an unconventionalwar that has boosted the American death toll beyond This isnt a conflict like the World Wars or Vietnam where waves of enemy ground troops backed by artil lery attacked American firebases Gone too are the intense street battles waged last year in cities like Najaf Karbala and Fallujah or in Nasiriyah during the 2003 Americans still die in mortar strikes and gunfights like the six Marine snip ers killed Aug 1 in a rebel ambush But surprise blasts when the road erupts or an explosivespacked car disintegrates into a fireball have become the hallmarks of the Iraq war Since the end of May more than 65 percent of military deaths in Iraq have resulted from insurgent bombings compared to nearly 23 percent in con ventional combat and 12 percent in acci dents according to figures compliedby The Associated Press In recent weeks rebel bombs have been responsible for 70 percent to 80 percent of American soldiers killed or wounded command spokesman Lt Col Steven Boylan said this week Of the 54 American troops who died in Iraq in July 42 were killed either by roadside bombs car bombs or in one case a land mine So far this month 29 soldiers and Marines have died all but nine from bombs These figures document an evolu tion in rebel tactics Looking back to the start of the war in March 2003 Please see BOMBS Page A6 Kiicriiro Associated Press Mary Williams receives a flag Saturday from Marine Maj Kirk Greiner during the funeral of her son Cpl Andre Williams who was killed by a roadside bomb July 28 in Iraq Sub crew saved After three days trapped on the ocean floor Russians pulled to safety The Associated Press PETROPAVLOVSKKAM CHATSKY Russia Seven crew members aboard a Rus sian minisubmarine trapped for three days beneath the Pacific Ocean were pulled to safety Sunday after a British remotecontrolled vehicle cut away the undersea cables that had snarled it Russian naval officials said Naval spokesman Capt Igor Dygalo said the crew appeared to be in satisfac tory condition and were being examined by ship medics The sub was raised after becoming stranded in 600 feet of water off the Pacific Coast on Thursday The rescue operation has Rear Adm Vladimir Pepelyayev deputy head of the navys general staff said in televised comments A British remotecontrolled Super Scorpio cut away the cables that had snarled the minisubmarine some 625 feet below the surface off the shore of the Kamchatka Pen insula With oxygen supplies dwin dling rescuers raced to bring the 44footlong minisufa to the surface in Beryozovaya Bay about 10 miles off Kam chatkas east coast Russian authorities had hoped the British unmanned submersible could help free the sub and avoid losing a sub crew as they did with the Kursk nuclear submarine which sank almost exactly five years ago killing all 118 aboard The United States also dis patched a crew and three Please see SAVED Page A7 INSIDE TODAY Todays obituaries Nathan J Fodor July 8 Eldon H Fredline 86 Los Alamos August 5 Page B2 Todays forecast Partly cloudy High 86 low 58 Page D8 Annies Maittxx C8 Movies F4 Business Dl Muluals Classifieds Hl Opinion Crossword Focus Gl El Horoscope C8 Police notes B2 Pasa t22 Scoreboard C2 Local news Bl Sports Lotteries B2 Travel RL The Wests OWest Newspaper 11 sections 88 pages Real Estate Guide 172 pages 156th year Issue No 219 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main 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