ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) – Alaska's Personnel Board concluded Monday that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin did not violate ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, contradicting an earlier investigation's findings.
"There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters," Timothy Petumenos, the Anchorage lawyer hired to conduct the probe, wrote in his final report.
The announcement comes a day before Palin and Republican presidential nominee John McCain face voters in Tuesday's presidential election. Allegations that she fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan because he refused to sack her ex-brother-in-law from the state police force have dogged her since before she became McCain's running mate in August.
An earlier probe launched by the state Legislature concluded that Palin unlawfully abused her power by trying to get her sister's ex-husband fired from the state police force. That inquiry concluded that her firing of Monegan stemmed in part from his refusal to get rid of her former relative, but was within her authority as governor.
(Updated 8 p.m. ET)
Sure.....This is what I call Biased.
That lady is guilty as sin. Just another way for the repubs to cover up coruption just like Bush/Cheney
This is the personnel board that she appointed and then hired to hold court for her AFTER the other one found she did, in fact, violate ethics laws??????
Just like Bush – above the law.
THE ORIGINAL FIRST PROBE SAYS OTHERWISE.
LOL, the SNL where Amy shot the moose was hillarious. I love moose, and that moose was so funny because it was actually dancing before it fell.
Unfortunately Sarah kills real moose and that I don't like.
The personnel board that she appointed? LOL. It will be interesting to see how the current complaint goes, since she had the state pay for the travel of her children and their accomodations. Of course, for that, we'll need a non-biased panel.
shocking – – the people she hired and can fire find that she did no wrong
wasn't this the handpicked board by Palin?
Palin will return to Alaska cleared and ready to resume her governorship.
On November 4.
The timing how convenient!
Well, second probes are usually more credible anyway. Or something.
that is the biggest load of crap!! More strings being pulled by the GOP!! How shocking..NOT!!!!! Go home Palin.
Good! And we strongely agree that the media has been unfair to Sarah Palin.
We were for Obama until a few weeks ago.
Now for the one who we feel is the most experienced and that's what we need in a President.
Bullies like her and her husband can hide for awhile but sooner or later justice is served. The meek inherit the earth, Amen.
Consider the sources of the two decisions:
The first (ethics violation; not a violation of law) was made by a bi-partisan group of elected officials with a one Repub majority.
The personnel board was appointed by Gov. Palin.
gee, what a surprise.
We do not belive them why now? nor will we ever TRUST her with our lives if something did happen to Mcshame
Too bad the press spent months attacking someone for not being Barack Obama. This year has been the biggest media bait and switch ever. Focus on a person with experience and look for faults in their record rather than look at someones record that shows they have no experience.
No justice,No peace!
who cares at this point...
How much "fortune" did Cindy and John have to pay to get this one out? A little too late?
these people are planning to steal this election tommorrow,this is why they are clearing her tonight,i was just told the gop is planning to steal about 13 million votes,4 years ago they stole 2 million,somebody have got to do something because those debo machines are going to do a job on obama tommorrow.
You mean the personnel board that SHE appointed?
Give me a break.
I just want her to go back to Alaska and stay there...and be more present for her family....
It's good to be the one who appoints the members of the Personnel Board. It's the sure way to be found not guilty by your friends and those who depend on you for their job!!!
The Personnel Board? Of which Sarah Palin is in charge? And can hire and fire at will? hmmm....the objectivity is lost on me.
Thank you for reminding us she has baggage. I nearly forgot.