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New Mexican (Newspaper) - June 14, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY JUNE 14 2005 FIFTY CENTS Governor names new magistrate with political ties By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Sandy Miera longtime administrative assistant for a state district judge and daughter of the Santa Fe County Demo cratic Party chairwoman is the countys newest magistrate Gov Bill Richardson announced Monday that he selected Miera from a field of 22 candidates for appoint ment to a county judge position created by the New Mexico Legislature to help handle a heavy caseload Miera said Monday she intends to seek election in 2006 to a full four year term 1 County magistrates handle small claims traffic cases and misdemeanors as well as felony arraignments The new position was created to help Santa Fe Countys three existing magistrates handle a growing case load Since 1998 Miera has assisted state District Judge Daniel Sanchez in over seeing schedules case files and other trialcourt administrative matters She is the daughter of Santa Fe County Democratic Party chairwoman Minnie Gallegos However Richardsons office said the appointment wasnt based on political connections The governor bent over back ward to scrutinize Ms said Please see MAGISTRATE Page A2 Santa Fe County Magistrate Sandy Miera Age 53 Experience Seven years as admin istrative assistant to state District Judge Daniel Sanchez executive secre tary in state Attorney Generals Office 199596 administrative assistant for Santa Fe Public Schools 199095 teachers assistant 19831990 Education Graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1969 took courses at Santa Fe Community College 199293 Community and political activities Northern Area Local Workforce Devel opment Board Youth Council Board vice chairwoman of SantaFe County Democratic Party managed Daniel Sanchezs campaigns for judge in 1996 and 1998 president of Santa Fe National Little League 198789 Family Married to Larry Miera a fiberoptics contractor The couple has two grown children Daughter of Santa Fe County Democratic Chairwoman Minnie Galiegos STOCKS ARE BACK We care about what our readers think Last week we discontinued the daily stock and mutualfund listings and many read ers let us know why a more complete listing is important to them So starting today we are bringing back the listings We appreciate all the feedback we received Please continue to let us know what you think Call 9863088 with any com ments Pages D2 D3 INSIDE TODAY Senate apologizes to lynching victims The Senate made amends Monday for failing to stand against the lynching of thousands of black people a practice that continued into the 20th century Descendants of lynching victims heard an apology from the Senate for blockinganti hanging laws at a time when mob violence was commonplace Page A4 Todays obituaries Jose G Cruz 78 San Juan Pueblo June 12 Jose Salazar 78 Espafiola June 9 Henry A Borrego 84 Santo Nino June 10 Margaret Ann Gurute 41 Espafiola June 11 Jose R Angel 57 June 10 Nabor Maestas 83 June 12 Robert A Meredith 60 Lamy June 9 Stella R Catanach June 11 Page C2 Todays forecast Breezy and sunny partly cloudy High 85 low 52 Page C6 INDEX Annios Mailbox C5 Lotteries Business C2 Dl Movies C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 D4 Police notes C2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sports Bl Local news Cl Stocks D3 TheWesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 26 pages 156th year Issue No 165 Publication No 596440 Late paper Classified ads News tips Main office 9840363 9863000 9863030 9833303 fc Back to Neverland Jackson prepares for life after notguilty verdict fans worldwide shriek with joy Michael Jackson waves as he leaves court Monday Photos by The Associated Press Michael Jackson fans Clarence Haywood of San Bernardino left Marta Wozniak of Poland and Melanie Dow land of London celebrate after hearing the notguilty verdict in Jacksons trial over a cell phone Monday in front of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria Calif By LINDA DEUTSCH The Associated Press SANTA MARIA Calif Wanly blow ing kisses of gratitude to his scream ing fans Michael Jackson left court a free man Monday and went back to Neverland to pick up thepieces of his shattered career and image Jackson 46 was cleared of all charges in his childmolestation trial hearing the words not guilty uttered 14 times in a deathly still courtroom The Peter Pan of pop music could have gotten nearly 20 years behind bars if convicted of charges that he molested a 13 yearold cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003 A motionless Jackson dabbed at his eyes with a tissue as the verdicts were read and he later was embraced by his chief lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr Another member of his defense team burst into tears and some of the women in the jury also wept and passed around a box of tissues Jackson looking drawn walked out of court minutes later to shrieks from fans he waved weakly and was driven home to his Neverland ranch where applauding fans ran after his caravan as it disappeared behind the bunting decorated gates Jurors also acquitted Jackson of getting the boy drunk and of conspiring to imprison the accuser and his family at Neverland bringing an end to a fourmonth trial in which the pop star insisted he was the victim of motherand son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta Jurors remained guarded about details of their 30 hours of deliberations over seven days but offered some insight during a news conference saying they were irritated by the testimony of the accusers mother who at one point snapped her fingers at them I disliked it intensely when she snapped her fingers at said one juror a woman Please see BACK Page A3 INSIDE Jacksons descent from pop star to punch line Find out how the fallen pop idol rose to stardom as a child put out the bestselling album of all time and an unprecedented music video and then plummeted like no star has before him Page A3 Farmers Market closes in on lasting Kailyard home By JULIE ANN GRIMM The New Mexican C After years as a conduit between local growers and consumers the Santa Fe Farmers Market is on the brink of making its perma nent home in the cityowned Santa Fe Kailyard This week two market boards plan to review a proposed lease for a spot where the market would have its own new building on city property Tonight an 80year lease with the Santa Fe Kailyard Community Corp is slated to be considered by the board of the Farmers Market Insti tute a new nonprofit body representing the market On Thursday the sixmember Farmers Market board will review the deal with the citys property manager If both boards agree to move forward construction on a million facility could begin as early as next spring said John Strow president of the institute board Strow said under the new lease the market would pay yearly rent the citys agent with rates starting at about and increasing over time Farmers Market has long been a part of the railyard scene and a communitygen erated master plan for the property stated that it and other community fixtures should maintain a presence on the Kailyard Meanwhile the city urged development of commercial enterprises such as a movie theater res taurants and retail shops to support the other uses Approval of the lease would Please see MARKET Page A6 Tfie New Mexican Thomas opposes rulings against race bias Despite objections from black justice high court overturns deathrow inmates conviction claiming jury was too white By GINA HOLLAND The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Supreme Courts only black member was also the only justice to oppose both rulings Monday that spoke out against racial discrimination in jury selection Over Jus tice Clarence Thomas objections the court threw out the conviction of a Texas deathrow inmate who Clarence contended Thomas his jury was unfairly stacked with whites and gave a California man a second chance to claim jury bias in his murder trial The justices used the cases to bolster a nearly 20yearold decision barring prosecutors from disqualifying potential jurors based on their race Thomas who turns 57 next week was raised in Please see RACE Page A6 Scientists Planet like Earth but blazing hot By JOHN JOHNSON JR Los Angeles Times Space scientists on Mon day announced the discovery of what might be a rocky Earthlike planet orbiting a star 15 light years away a milestone in the search for a world outside the solar sys tem that could sustain life The new planet dubbed a superEarth by the team that found it is about seven times as massive as Earth and about twice the diameter It orbits the star Gliese 876 located in the constellation Acjuarius Until now every extra solar planet found has been larger than Uranus the giant ice planet at the edge of our solar system Two other planets previously had been found orbiting Gliese 876 a small red star known as an M dwarf the most common type of star in the galaxy but these were Jupitersize gas giants The new planets modest v Please see PLANET Page A6 ;