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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 21, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico nrarzr NOVEMBER MONDAY 50 CENTS We thought we could do it ourselves but we just arent getting EVELYN MARTINEZ representing herself in family court to get the father of her 13yearold daughter to pay child support ANALYSIS Lauren Mexican Evelyn Martinez center learns from District Judge Daniel Sanchez that she filed the wrong motion during a hearing about child support payments last week in family court Martinez said she thought representing herself would not be that complicated but her case has been in and out of court for a year At left is stenographer Carmela McAlister Lawyerless limbo More people are trying to represent themselves in court but often find it frustrating to understand legal system E By Natalie Storey The New Mexican velyn Martinez stood to address the judge in family court without the aid of a law yer She looked confident at first a smartly dressed woman in glasses who could have passed for a lawyer but then it became apparent that she didnt know basic court procedures She turned frustrated as District Judge Daniel Sanchez calmly explained that she had filed the motion She said she had waited six months for this hearing in the hope that the father of her Byearold daughter would finally be forced to pay child support She reached for a tissue and wiped her eyes Im not going to give you legal Sanchez told her in his Santa Fe courtroom last week But Im going to tell you how the process Martinez had filed what lawyers call a motion to thinking it would force the man to own up in front of the judge But Sanchez said she filed the wrong motion The motion to enforce only asked the judge to repeat his original order it did not require the father to appear in court It has no Sanchez explained What she should have filed Sanchez explained was a motion to show This motion would require a response from the girls father Later Martinez said To wait sLx months to get this court hearing and then to find out it was the wrong form thafs just really It was the latest setback in a childsup port case that Martinez has been trying to argue herself for about a year We thought we could do it ourselves but we just arent getting she said Her husband Ted Martinez has been helping her through the process For Sanchez and other judges cases such as Martinezs are nearly an everyday occur rence During any given week as many as 60 percent of the people who appear before him try to argue their cases them selves he said These people are known as pro se Latin for for self litigants Often they dont have enough money for a lawyer They usually dont understand the courts procedure and leave frustrated that they failed to accomplish what they set out to do Please see LAWYER Page A5 Bush returns to uneasy home front By Tom Raum The Associated Press WASHINGTON Most presidents get a boost from overseas trips President Bush though might return from Asia wondering why he left US soil in the first place Caught off guard when South Korea announced plans to pull onethird of its troops from Iraq the president also could look back on the home front and find things have not exactly been quiet Bush returns late today to even more political acrimony than when he left eight days ago The corrosive debate over Iraq is eroding his sec ond termagenda and chal lenging the ability of Repub lican leaders in Congress to maintain discipline In a rare acrosstheworld exchange of invective the White House traded daily barbs with its Democratic critics They accused Bush of manipulating prewar intel ligence and deceiving the nation in starting a war he is unable to end Bush and his aides said Democrats were irresponsi ble and hypocritical particu larly those who voted in 2002 to authorize the war and now oppose it So much for the old maxim that politics stops at the waters hi deference to a presidents conduct of foreign policy even lawmak ers opposed to his approach traditionally held their fire while the chief executive was overseas especially during wartime Bushs slumping approval raring 37 percent in an AP Ipsos poll the lowest of his presidency and eroding public support for the Iraq war are taking a toll on the GOP Republicans fear losing their majorities in next years congressional elections That is spilling over and causing problems in other areas from reauthorizing the Patriot Act to trimming programs for education health and the poor When the Senate passed a billion tax bill early Friday it left out one of Bushs secondterm priori ties an extension of tax cuts on dividends and capital gains that are now set to expire after 2008 WHILE HE WAS AWAY The Senate sig naled impatience with the wars direction by voting 7919 to require regular reports on progress in Iraq and urging that 2006 be a period of significant tran sition to full Iraqi Increasingly rebellious Repub licans defied their leaders on domes ticspending cuts House leaders nar rowly won approval of a fiveyear bud getcut plan in the wee hours of Friday on a 217215 vote The top House Democrat on military spending Rep John Murtha of Pennsylvania withdrew his sup port for the war and advocated a pullout over six months This led to a latenight battle when the GOP leaders forced a vote on an immediate pullout measure in hopes of trapping Democrats It was rejected 4033 Please see BUSH Page A5 ENSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS Sons suicide drives artist to confront issue By Shannon Shaw The New Mexican Jean La Ranee is tired of suicide being a silent killer among Native Americans She sees a culture of silence that seems in her experience to make people afraid to talk about it and think it only happens to other Five years ago she and her son made plans to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts and obtain their degrees But in 2001 Marcus Little Red Hawk La RaneeWright committed suicide after his 29th birthday I followed through with attending as a way to honor Marcus life and also as a way for me to handle the IF YOU GO What The Story of a Boy in a Celebra tion of Life art exhibit When Today through Saturday Where IAIA Student Gallery IAIA Cam pus 83 Avan Nu Po Road Opening reception 5 to 7 today Cost Free pain of my she said Even when I feel that I cant go on with this project I hear his voice encouraging The Story of a Boy in a Celebra tion of Life is La Ranees seniorthesis exhibition A photographer and mixed media artist who will graduate in May she used both skills to chronicle her sons life She shows his travels and the places he loved with photographs that range from his birth to their last vaca tion together in Mexico months before his death I want the viewer to see the love and happiness my son had for life and the beauty that surrounded him throughout his La Ranee said No one ever knows the reason why someone takes their life that is between them and God Each set of photos are framed in red oak to represent his love of the out doors and sheer cloth is used to sepa rate different times in Marcus life Please see SUICIDE Page A5 Lara New Mexican Artist Jean La Ranee gets ready for an exhibit at the institute of Amer ican Indian Arts student gallery on Sunday The show will address the suicide of her son Marcus La RaneeWright through photographs La Ranee took of him throughout his life Los hispanohablantes discuten el valor de hablar Spanglish El Nuevo Bl OBITUARY Rosdla Roybal Ortiz 83 Santa Fe Nov 16 PageA2 Index Annies A locally owned and independent newspaper COULD BE DEAD and Iraqi officials are trying to determine if insurgent leader Abu Musab alZarqawi was one of seven men killed in a raid in northern Iraq Page A4 El Horoscope Police Super Time V AS A PACK The University of New Mexico gets a big contribution from its bench to defeat Southern Utah 6248 and sweep the roundrobin Jim Thorpe Classic in The Pit Sports Cl Main Late News Mostly sunny High 58 low 27 Page C8 Four sections 28 pages 156th year Issue No 325 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 158 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