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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE OCTOBER FRIDAY 50 CENTS Oil gas windfall could ease state tax cut REBATE CHECKS New Mexico taxpayers should receive rebate checks ranging from to by the end of November The state Taxation and Revenue Department plans to start mailing rebates by Nov 7 pending Gov Bill Richardsons approval of a roughly mil lion taxrelief measure A taxpayer should automati cally receive a check if he or she filed a 2004 incometax return and has the same mail ing address For more information use the following resources Taxation and Revenue Departments Web site www state n Tollfree Gasoline and Home Heating Relief Helpline 866 2852996 Operating hours are 8 to 8 Mon day through Friday and 9 through 3 Saturday By David Miles The New Mexican Wealthy New Mexicans might get incometax cuts faster as the result of higherthanexpected state revenues State government expects a windfall of more than million next fiscal year largely due to booming oiland gas revenues that will be available for increased spending tax reliefer beefing up state cash reserves according to rev enue projections released Thursday The higher projections could put new pressure on Gov Bill Richardson to sign a roughly million taxrelief pack age that legislators approved earlier this month Richardson previously said he would wait on the new revenue figures before deciding whether to use his line itemveto authority to strip out a provi sion in the bill to speed up an already enacted tax cut at a cost of roughly million over the next two years The measure also includes more than million in rebates for all taxpayers which Richardson has said he supports in order to give New Mexicans relief from increased gasoline and homeheating costs The incometax cut for wealthier taxpayers was enacted in 2003 at Richard sons request but legislators and Richard son this year approved a measure to slow down its implementation The bill now before Richardson would accelerate the tax cuts reducing the states top incometax rate from 6 percent to percent in the 2005 tax year and to percent in 2006 Please see WINDFALL Page A7 CIALEAK CASE White House aides brace for possible indictments Colleagues believe Rove will be spared but fear Libby will be charged today By Pete Yost and John Solomon The Associated Press WASHINGTON Working against the clock Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald weighed criminal charges against top presi dential aides at the end of a twoyear investi gation that put the White House in a state of high suspense Thursday night Fitzgerald raced against a Friday expiration of the grand jury that has been investigating the exposure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plames identity Speculation flew across Washington about who wouldbe indicted pr whether Fitzgerald would even bring criminal charges 5 White House colleagues feared Vice President Dick Cheneys chief of staff I Lewis Scooter Libby would be indicted today for at least false statements but held out hope that presidential political adviser Karl Rove might escape criminal charges for the time being A person outside the legal profession famil Please see INDICTMENTS Page A7 TREASURER SCANDAL Impeachment now a matter of speculation By Steve Terrell The New Mexican A legislative panel that heard hours of evi dence about Robert Vigils alleged misconduct as state treasurer will not take a stand on whetherVigil deserved impeachment because he resigned But while stopping short of saying whether Vigil who stepped down Wednesday while the panel was meeting should have been impeached several panel members described the evidence against Vigil as compelling and I think we saw a lot of evidence of malfea sance that caused me real said Rep Peter Wirth DSanta Fe Please see VIGIL Page A6 Miers dodges fire Bush forges ahead HIGHCOURT CONTENDERS SAMUEL A ALITO 55 Alito has been a strong conservative voice in his 15 years on the Philadelphiabased 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which is con sidered to be among the most liberal He has been dubbed Scalito or Scalialite by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia J MICHAEL LUT TIG 51 Luttig worked in the Justice Depart ment during the administration of the first President Bush and has served on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals He was a law clerk to the late Chief Justice Warren Burger from 198384 PRISCILLA OWEN 5O Owen was con firmed in May for a seat on the 5th Circuit after a drawnout Sen ate battle Democrats argued that Owen let her political beliefs color her rulings They were particularly criti cal of her decisions in abortion cases involv ing teenagers KAREN WILLIAMS 54 A former trial law yer Williams is known as one of the most conservative judges on the nations most conservative federal appeals court the 4th Circuit In 1999 Wil liams wrote the 4th Circuit opinion that would have paved the way for overturning the landmark 1966 decision in Miranda that outlines the rights read to criminal sus pects The Supreme Court voted 72 to let it stand The Associated Press Charles Associated Press White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications INSIDE Miers failed to impress senators from both sides who met with her Page A4 A look at Miers 25 conflictfilled days as a Supreme Court nominee Page A4 Focus turns to finding new justice nominee By Ian Crawford Greenburg Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON The White House reeled from the abrupt with drawal of Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination Thursday and moved quickly to name a replace ment identifying a leading candi date by days end and preparing for a swift announcement according to several sources close to the process Facing political fallout from the nomination of Miers who was attacked as an unimpressive figure with little background in constitu tional law and also confronting the possible indictments of high level officials the White House was planning to announce Miers replacement as early as today A senior administration official Please see FOCUS Page A5 Concern over documents created escape By Ron Hutcheson and James Kuhnhenn Knight Bidder Newspapers WASHINGTON The withdrawal of Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court Thursday came a day after Sen ate Majority Leader Bill Frist told President Bush during a White House meeting that her confirma tion faced steep hurdles Frist and other Repub lican senators amplified their concerns in a series of phone calls throughout Wednesday to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and other aides After enduring more than three Please see ESCAPE Page A4 OILFORFOOD CASH COW Investigators of a program accused firms and politicians of conspiring with Saddam Husseins regime to bilk the operation of billion Page C8 FLUREMEDY SHIPMENTS ON HOLD A company that produces Tamiflu has temporarly suspended shipping the drug to the United States citing a huge global demand and concerns about stockpiling PageA8 HEAD OF THE CLASS The College of Santa Fe welcomes Mark Lombardi as its seventh president Lombards stresses importance of placing ideals over self Local Cl BEYOND BELIEF CAPTURING THE SPIRIT From photographs that seem to capture spirits from another world to spooky stories to interviews with mediums Pasatiempo takes a leap into the unknown Pasatiempo Inside TODAY Partly cloudy High 64 low 40 PageC10 OBITUARIES Edward Wright 65 Santa Fe Oct 26 PrisdllaJaramiHo 70 Oct 24 PageC2 Index A MCflffy 9fM Annies Generation Horoscope Local Police notes Time D5 Main Lato News Five sections 46 pages Pasatiempo 96 pages 156th year Issue No 301 Publication No 596440 afei ricanxom Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;