Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges

Amazing! Election eve vindication. NYTimes:

ANCHORAGE — A report released by a state board Monday found that Gov. Sarah Palin did not apply improper pressure to try to dismiss a state trooper who was her former brother-in-law and did not violate state ethics laws in the firing of her public safety commissioner.

The report by the Alaska Personnel Board contradicts the conclusions last month of a separate inquiry into the matter overseen by a bipartisan legislative panel. The inquiry found that Ms. Palin had breached a state ethics act by pressing to have the trooper, Mike Wooten, fired. The panel said, however, that the governor was within her rights to fire the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan.

The personnel board’s report, based on an investigation led by an independent counsel, Timothy J. Petumenos, concluded that there was no evidence to prove Ms. Palin or any state employee had acted improperly in Mr. Monegan’s dismissal.

ADN:

The report, released at a Monday afternoon press conference at the Hotel Captain Cook, presents the findings and recommendations of Anchorage lawyer Timothy Petumenos, hired as independent counsel for the Personnel Board to examine several complaints against Palin.

Petumenos wrote the Legislature’s special counsel, former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence.

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3 Comments

  1. This was the panel handpicked by Palin herself. The bipartisan panel found her guilty.

    This is the least of Palin's problems.

  2. It wasn't a panel. It was an independent prosecutor hired by the Alaskan boar of personnel, you know, the agency who's job it would be it investigate claims such as this. The “bipartisan panel” was a group of the state legislators who endorsed the report of their independent special prosecutor the same day they got the report. On an added note both reports, all the reports said the firing was legal. Violation of a state ethics act is not the same as being guilty of a crime.

  3. okay, guilty here of not yet reading the report. anything about using yahoo email for gov't business? or cc'ing state-related email through to the First Dude?

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