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New Troopergate report clears Palin
Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 3rd, 2008 | LISA DEMER

Posted on 11/03/2008 6:54:54 PM PST by radar101

Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator hired by the Alaska Personnel Board, addresses the media on Monday, November 3, 2008, in the Hotel Captain Cook

A new report just released -- hours before the polls open on Election Day -- exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy.

The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law in firing her public safety commissioner, and it contradicts the earlier findings by a special counsel hired by the state Legislature.

Both investigations found that Palin was within her rights to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

But the new report says the Legislature's investigator was wrong to conclude that Palin abused her power by allowing aides and her husband, Todd, to pressure Monegan and others to dismiss her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten. Palin was accused of firing Monegan after Wooten stayed on the job.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccainpalin; troopergate

1 posted on 11/03/2008 6:54:55 PM PST by radar101
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To: radar101
Personnel Board Report

"Summary of Public Findings and Recommendations":

  1. There is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act by making the decision to dismiss Department of Public Safety Commissioner Monegan and offering him instead the position of Director of the Alaska Beverage Control Board.

  2. There is no probable cause to believe that Governor Palin violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in any other respect in connection with the employment of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten.

  3. There is no basis upon which to refer the conduct of Governor Palin to any law enforcement agency in connection with this matter because Governor Palin did not commit the offenses of Interference with Official Proceedings or Official Misconduct.

  4. There is no probable cause to believe that any other official of state government violated any substantive provision of the Ethics Act.

  5. There is no legal basis or jurisdiction for conducting a “Due Process Hearing to Address Reputational Harm” as requested by former Commissioner Walter Monegan.

  6. The Amended Complaint by the PSEA should be dismissed.

  7. Independent Counsel recommends that the appropriate agency of State government address the issue of the private use of e-mails for government work and revisit the record retention policies of the Governor’s Office.

These findings differ from those of the Branchflower Report because Independent Counsel has concluded the wrong statute was used as a basis for the conclusions contained in the Branchflower Report, the Branchflower report misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all of the material evidence that is required to properly reach findings.
2 posted on 11/03/2008 7:00:40 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: radar101
None of this is terribly surprising. After all Todd Palin and other friends and family members have civil rights and can complain about state government employees like Trooper Wooten.

Now, to the Leftwingtards on the net ~ they are complaining about this finding. It's not to their liking.

They threaten hissy fits.

3 posted on 11/03/2008 7:04:16 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: justlurking
Why couldn't they do this last week. Oh well, the media wouldn't report on it anyway.

4 posted on 11/03/2008 7:05:14 PM PST by GaryLee1990 (
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To: GaryLee1990

This whole thing was staged from the get go

5 posted on 11/03/2008 7:13:11 PM PST by Jim from C-Town
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