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Should the republicans be able to Block Palin Trooper Probe?

I don't think so. and I'm glad this judge agrees.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Alaska judge on Thursday refused to block a state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner this summer.

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.


Asked by ny.chica at 1:32 AM on Oct. 3, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • This woman is dishonest. If she were innocent, then why wouldn't she answer to the charges and show up to answer the subpeonas? Why would she get her cronies in DC to come rescue her? I don't understand how blind everyone can be. She's waiving the flag of corruption!

    Answer by akhlass at 8:05 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

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    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.

    The five Republican lawmakers had argued that the legislative body that ordered the investigation exceeded its authority. Their attorney, Kevin Clarkson, said the political bias was demonstrated by the plan of the Legislature's independent investigator to issue a report by Oct. 10 although the full legislature won't consider until reconvening in January.


    Answer by ny.chica at 1:32 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

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    n the ruling, released minutes before Palin and Sen. Joe Biden faced off in a debate in St. Louis, Michalski agreed with defense attorney Peter Maassen, who argued that the Legislature has the authority to investigate the governor as it sees fit.

    "He agreed with us on pretty much everything," Maassen said of the judge's ruling. "The separation of power principles that governed this case seemed pretty clear."

    Maassen represents the Legislative Council, 10 Republicans and four Democrats who authorized the investigation, and others involved in the probe.

    Clarkson said in a statement that the judge's decision was "dangerous because it robs every Alaskan of the protection specifically provided by the Alaska Constitution" against bias interfering with due process.


    Answer by ny.chica at 1:33 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • 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.

    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.

    "The question was never if Mr. Palin would testify, only where. The personnel board or the committee," Van Flein said by e-mail. "Now it could be both. But no decision has been made."


    Answer by ny.chica at 1:33 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • No, they shouldn't be able to block it. It says a lot about how honest and honorable the Republican party is (not) that they are trying to do so.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • no they shouldn't and shame on them for trying. if hse really did abuse her power we have a right to know.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:02 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • I've heard about it and read a lot of information on the story behind it and I think she did the right thing by firing the guy and I doubt anyone else would have done any differently. It's time for you all to stop looking for skeletons in her closet, bitch about how she wore her hair or something but your not changing my mind about her based on this story... come on.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:20 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • NO. All the information should be out for us to see. Misuse of power at it's finest.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 10:02 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • I think the country has more important issues to deal with.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:42 AM on Oct. 3, 2008

  • There are are more important issues BUT if Palin is guilty of this (and have we heard the troopers side really well???) then what does that say about her moral compass????

    Answer by nmwmom at 4:19 PM on Oct. 3, 2008