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Alaska's First Dude Found in Contempt

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CNN: Todd Palin and nine aides were found in contempt Friday by the Alaska Senate for failing to appear to testify in the Legislature's "troopergate" investigation of his wife, Gov. Sarah Palin, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party said.

But a Senate resolution said no one should be punished, because the 10 did submit statements to the investigator, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The investigation concerns the governor's firing of the state's public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan.

A bipartisan commission in the state Legislature investigated allegations that Palin fired Monegan after he refused to sack her ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten. The governor, first elected in 2006, has denied wrongdoing.

In court papers, Palin called her sister's ex-husband a "rogue trooper" who threatened the governor's family during a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Complaints from Palin's family led to a five-day suspension for the trooper in 2006 after his superiors found he had illegally shot a moose using his wife's permit, drove his patrol car while drinking beer and used a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson "in a training capacity."

In an interview last year, Wooten said, "I made mistakes. I 'fessed up to them. I was punished appropriately, and I'm moving on."

Palin was Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona's running mate in his unsuccessful campaign last year for U.S. president.


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sheldon February 7, 2009, 12:35 PM

Well i see again that it’s who you are! If the average “JOE” was suppose to testify before the legislature, and didn’t, then Joe would be locked up! Since it’s a Palin, well then, hey that’s okay, they gave a written statement! When are we as a country going to start holding everyone accountable, not just the average citizens. These politicians and their families have complete immunity of accountability, and we the people just let it continue when we don’t have to. This “troopergate” has been going on for how long now, and how much money has been spent on it! Would it have been given the same considerations for you or me. That is why we’re in the mess we’re in, no accountability! If you’re of high financial status, or a political figure in power, then you can hide behind that. Well it’s not working too well for the John Madoff investors, or all of the banks that gave out crap loans so they could make their money, who’s paying for that now, “We the People”, and we’ll be paying for a long long time for our complacent attitudes.

DET February 7, 2009, 4:30 PM

“Well i see again that it’s who you are! If the average “JOE” was suppose to testify before the legislature, and didn’t, then Joe would be locked up! Since it’s a Palin, well then, hey that’s okay, they gave a written statement!”

BS. Sounds more like a legislative committee, one of whose heads (Hollis French) was a member of the Obama campaign team in Alaska, is trying to get one more bite in on the Palins after its phoney “Troopergate” investigation failed to do anything other than expose itself as a partisan hatchet job that, to some extent, was successful in getting its man elected.


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