Sarah Palin Cleared in Troopergate Ethics Probe

sarah-palin-19.jpgA report has cleared Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the
firing of her public safety commissioner. The report, released Monday,
said: “There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any
other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in
connection with these matters.” It was prepared by Timothy Petumenos,
an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.


A separate legislative investigation recently concluded that Palin, the
Republican vice presidential nominee, abused her office by allowing her
husband and staffers to pressure the public safety commissioner to fire
a state trooper who went through a nasty divorce from Palin’s sister.

Palin fired Walter Monegan, but denies his dismissal was related to the trooper.

Alaska Personnel Board investigations are
normally secret, but the three-member board decided to release this
report, citing public interest in the matter given Palin’s status as a
candidate for national office. Election Day is Tuesday.

Palin had earlier waived her privacy rights, but
others in her administration did not and Petumenos sought to keep the
matter from playing out in the media.

Petumenos said documents to be released Monday
would not include transcripts of separate depositions given by Palin
and her husband, Todd.

That deposition was the only one given by Sarah
Palin. She was not subpoenaed to answer questions in the Legislature’s
investigation, though her husband, Todd, gave an affidavit in that
probe.

Palin initially said she would cooperate with
the Legislature’s probe. But after she became John McCain’s running
mate, she said the investigation had become too partisan and filed an
ethics grievance against herself with the personnel board.

Telephone messages left with state Sens. Hollis
French, who led the legislative investigation, and Sen. Kim Elton,
chairman of the Legislative Council, were not immediately returned.

Source: USA Today

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