Panel finds Palin guilty of abusing her power in Troopergate row

October 11th, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI  

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Alaska , Oct 11 (ANI): A legislative panel has reportedly found that Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin had abused her power as Alaska Governor in firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan because of a family grudge.

The panel of state lawmakers released its report on Friday after spending more than six hours in a closed-door session reviewing the findings.

The report running into 300 pages, however, does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation, reported

Palins supporters have, meanwhile, rebutted the panels finding, saying it was politically motivated as elections were approaching.

At the heart of the investigation was the question of whether Sarah had pressured Monegan to fire her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, after a contentious divorce. Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in the bipartisan panel’’s report, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.

Palin has said Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute. I feel vindicated. It sounds like theyve validated my belief and opinions. And, that tells me I”m not totally out in left field, Monegan said.

Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

Palin and McCains supporters had hoped the inquirys finding would be delayed until after the presidential election to spare her any embarrassment and to put aside an enduring distraction as she campaigns as McCains running mate in an uphill contest against Democrat Barack Obama.

But, the panel of lawmakers voted to release the report, although not without dissension. I think there are some problems in this report. I would encourage people to be very cautious, to look at this with a jaundiced eye, said Republican state Sen. Gary Stevens, a member of the panel. (ANI)

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