Troopergate Is Back!

Troopergate is Back!

Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski of Alaska’s Third Judicial District refused to block a state legislative investigation into possible abuse of power by Governor Sarah Palin. There have been charges that the Governor fired the State Commissioner of Public Safety this summer after he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper. 

 Judge Michalski also denied a motion by the state Attorney General challenging the legislative subpoenas compelling testimony by Palin aides, other officials, and some of the Governor’s family members. Todd Palin, the Governor’s spouse, has refused to testify under subpoena.

The Republican-majority Alaska State Legislature hired an investigator to look into this “Troopergate” matter, but Five Republican state legislators, recently asked the judge to order a temporary restraining order until after November’s Presidential election.

Governor Palin had agreed to cooperate with the legislature’s investigator, Steven Branchflower, until she was named the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Since August 29 the Governor, her family and her staff have refused to cooperate with the legislative investigation.

The Alaska lawmakers were supported in their motion by the Liberty Legal Institute of Texas. According to Sean Cockerham of the Anchorage Daily News, “Liberty [Legal Institute] is the legal arm of the Free Market Foundation, which is associated with evangelical leader James Dobson’s Focus on the Family.”

After Judge Michalski denied their motion, the five Republican lawmakers appealed his ruling to the Alaska Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments on Wednesday, and will rule by Thursday.

Governor Palin’s administration initiated an investigation of her actions in this matter by the Alaska State Personnel Board, whose members serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

With or without testimony by Palin aides and family members, the report of the legislative investigator is expected on Friday, October 10th.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

2 Responses to “Troopergate Is Back!”

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