November 3rd, 2008
07:23 PM ET
6 years ago

New probe clears Palin in trooper case

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)


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Get Real

    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

    November 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Darren

    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.

    No thanks.

    November 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. BS

    THE ORIGINAL FIRST PROBE SAYS OTHERWISE.

    November 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Funny

    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.

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Rob

    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.

    November 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. no more rncshame

    shocking – – the people she hired and can fire find that she did no wrong

    November 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. informed voter

    wasn't this the handpicked board by Palin?

    November 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Good.

    Palin will return to Alaska cleared and ready to resume her governorship.

    On November 4.

    November 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Tom

    The timing how convenient!

    November 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. BTHogan

    Well, second probes are usually more credible anyway. Or something.

    November 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. lor

    that is the biggest load of crap!! More strings being pulled by the GOP!! How shocking..NOT!!!!! Go home Palin.
    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Susan

    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.

    McCain/Palin

    November 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Ace

    Bullies like her and her husband can hide for awhile but sooner or later justice is served. The meek inherit the earth, Amen.

    November 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. mark

    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.

    November 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Loletha

    We do not belive them why now? nor will we ever TRUST her with our lives if something did happen to Mcshame

    November 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Matt

    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.

    November 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Obama/Biden 2008-2016

    No justice,No peace!

    November 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. regina

    who cares at this point...

    November 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. John Smith

    How much "fortune" did Cindy and John have to pay to get this one out? A little too late?

    November 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. eugene

    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.

    November 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. William J.

    You mean the personnel board that SHE appointed?

    Give me a break.

    November 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Inutah

    I just want her to go back to Alaska and stay there...and be more present for her family....

    November 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Doug - Dallas

    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!!!

    November 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Mary

    The Personnel Board? Of which Sarah Palin is in charge? And can hire and fire at will? hmmm....the objectivity is lost on me.

    November 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Y

    Thank you for reminding us she has baggage. I nearly forgot.

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    November 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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