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Judge in Alaska Rules that the Sarah Palin Ethics Investigation Must Go Forward
 


3 October 2008 at 9:17:57 AM
salon

As far as I'm concerned, the McCain campaign, by attempting to thwart and shut down the investigation, was obstructing justice. The attempt to block the state investigation failed and now we can know whether Sarah Palin abused her power to get her brother in law fired. Maybe she did. Maybe she didn't. But trying to interfere in state politics to close the investigation down was the wrong thing for the McCain campaign to do.

Judge Peter Michalski threw out the lawsuit filed by five Republican state legislators who said the investigation had been tainted by partisan politics and was being manipulated to damage Palin shortly before the Nov. 4 presidential election.

"It is legitimately within the scope of the legislature's investigatory power to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the termination (of) a public officer the legislature had previously confirmed," the judge wrote in his decision.

The probe is looking into whether Palin, who is the Republican vice presidential candidate, and others pressured Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin's sister, and then fired Monegan when he wouldn't dismiss the trooper. Palin says Monegan was ousted over budget disagreements.

What I wonder now is whether the people who were subpoenaed will be forced to testify. You or me with a subpoena? We can't just up and say we're not going. But that's what the Palin camp, including Palin's husband, tried to do.

At first, Palin agreed to cooperate with the probe, but since being picked Aug. 29 to be McCain's running mate, she, her family and staff have instead said the legislative investigation has been compromised by politics and that they would only cooperate with a separate investigation run by the Alaska State Personnel Board, whose members Palin can fire.

Michalski also threw out a lawsuit filed by Palin aides seeking to dismiss subpoenas compelling their testimony in the investigation. The aides had argued that the subpoenas should not have to be honored because they should not have been issued.

Makes me chuckle. Yeah. If I ever get subpoened, I'll try that one too. *I can ignore this subpoena because I don't think you should have subpoenaed me! Hummmppph".

Todd Palin also refused to testify under subpoena, but he was not a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the state. His attorney, Thomas Van Flein, declined to say whether Palin would testify now, saying he had not seen the ruling to study the options.

But of course he WAS subpoenaed. He just wasn't part of that lawsuit. So one would think he should still HAVE TO TESTIFY. Unless he wants to sue as well, and then have his claim thrown out.


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