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New Mexican (Newspaper) - March 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY MARCH 19 2005 FIFTY CENTS Subpoenas in Schiavo case lead way for court battle By JAMES KUHNHEN Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON By ask ing that Terri Schiavo testify before Congress lawmakers tried to give the braindam aged woman the equivalent of witness protection mak ing anyone who interferes with her testimony subject to crimi nal penalties Senate Repub lican officials in explaining why they requested that Schiavo Inside Schiavo taken off feeding tube Page Dl appear at hearing cited a criminal statute that makes it illegal to impede congressio nal investigations corruptly or by threats or force or by any threatening letter or com The tactic dates back to 1951 congressional investi gations of organized crime when Sen Estes Kefauver of Tennessee called Mafia fig ures to testify in highly pub licized hearings The criminal penalties were intended to prevent organizedcrime fig ures from threatening those scheduled to testify But the legal consequences of the congressional action remain uncertain The threat of criminal charges appar ently did not deter whoever removed Schiavos feeding tube and it was not clear who would be subject to criminal penalties should Schiavo die before the congressional hearings are held Please see CASE Page A10 INSIDE TODAY A cruiser in time In the spirit of careful evolution Kawasaki changes pretty much everything on its 2005 Vulcan 1600 Nomad except that classic look Cars Trucks El Todays obituaries Juan Roybal March 18 Mary B Gillespie 85 Feb 25 Rudy Lucero 71 Santa Fe March 16 Toni Urioste San Diego CA March 15 Willie Apodaca 85 Santa Fe March 18 Please see Page B2 Todays forecast Cloudy possible showers High 49 low 26 Page B2 INDEX Annies Mailbox D5 Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope Local news C9 E3 D6 D5 D5 Bl Nation World Bl Lotteries B2 Opinion A9 Police notes B4 Scoreboard C2 Sports Cl Stocks C10 The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 42 pages TV Book 56 pages year Issue No 78 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 LEGISLATURE 2005 HOME STRETCH Lawmakers approach finish line in exhausting session Raul The Now Mexican House Rep Manuel Herrera DBayard right takes a siesta during floor proceedings in the House chambers Friday at the Capitol Tomorrow is the last day of New Mexicos legislative session More legislature coverage on Page A7 PreK goes to governor but tax plan is pending By DEBORAH BAKER and BARRY MASSEY The Associated Press SANTA FE Lawmakers late Friday endorsed one of Gov Bill Richardsons top priorities for the legislative session a statefunded prekindergarten pro gram With todays adjournment just hours away the Senate passed the preK bill on a vote of 2218 and sent it to the gover nors desk Im confident that our investment in children will pay huge Rich ardson said Passage of the bill left one other major item on lawmakers mustdo list from the governor a package of tax changes including incometax reductions and an oilproduction tax increase Earlier Friday the governor renewed his threat to call a special legislative ses sion unless several of his initiatives won final approval Please see PLAN Page A6 Inside House approves electionreform proposal House passes plan to limit enforcement of immigration laws Ignitioninterlock bill passes through Senate Educational retirement fix heads to governor Stories on Page A7 Tomorrow What New Mexico schools did and didnt get this session Suspects in attack arraigned in court Charges stem from assault on gay man By JASON AUSLANDER The New Mexican Five of the six defen dants charged in connection with the brutal beating of a 21yearold gay man last month pleaded innocent to the charges Friday And during the proceed ings a defense lawyer urged District Judge Stephen Pfef fer to look past the hype and politics surrounding the case so his client and the others could have a fair trial Anytime the governor comes out and advocates for the maximum penalty against our clients prior to them even being arraigned we have a said Tom Clark law yer for Gabriel Maturin I want them tried by the court and the state not in the court of public opinion because the court of public opinion is notoriously Maturin 20 David Trinidad 17 Paul Montoya 20 Jona than Valdez 23 and Joseph Cano 19 appeared in District Court for the first time since the Feb 27 beating which took place in the parking lot of a Cerrillos Road motel A sixth man 19yearold Isaia Medina pleaded innocent to similar charges last week Please see COURT Page A4 Suicides at Taos bridge exhausting firefighters By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Two men were found dead after apparently jumping from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos on Friday authorities said And while deaths at the bridge have become all too common the Taos fire chief plans to lobby the governor for more safety measures A woman called state police around to tell police a man had apparently gone over the bridges north east side The body of Michael Spinks 54 of Bernalillo was found near a pillar about 180 feet below the bridge The woman told authori ties she saw Spinks near the bridges edge and turned away When she looked back he was gone said Lt Jimmy Glascock of the state police Authorities are withholding the name of the second man identifying him only as a 28 yearold man from Cincinnati Please see TAOS Page A10 TICKING TIME BOMB Controversial sculpture targeted by vandals or critics By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Someone pushed over the 6foottall 600pound goldleafed hand grenade in front of Linda Durham Contemporary Art leaving the artist and gallery director to wonder if it was simple vandalism or polit icalart criticism Sculptor Martin Gary Horowitz said the piece has created a hoopla since it was erected outside the gallery at the south eastern bend of Paseo de Peralta a week before the November general election Some people see them as antiwar pieces and some people see them as the glorification of he said of his series of gilded weapons of which gre nade is one It could be the Gallery Director Patrick Carpenter who discovered the damage when he arrived for work Friday morning leans toward the theory that someone was trying to make a statement by vandalizing the sculpture Please see BOMB Page A10 Luis Scinehe New Mexican The golden grenade in front of the Linda Durham Gallery lays on its side Friday morning ;