November 3rd, 2008
07:23 PM ET
5 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. NE for BO

    @susan. You're a joke. She appointed this board. You were never for OB. You're not changing anyones mind.

    November 3, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. PL

    I just read where Cindy McCain says the media has given Sarah Palin a bad rap. If she feels that bad about how she was treated maybe after they lose the election she can share her drugs with her. That should help her through these ruff times after the election.

    November 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Cheryl in Florida

    Perhaps she can hire and fire at will but was her husband entitled to use his influence ,sometimes from her office, to try to get this man fired; the answer to that is NO. That is why she was found to have unethically used her office in the first probe, she did not reign in her husband while having knowledge of what he was doing. There is no change coming from McCain and Palin just more unethical behavior as their campaign demonstrated.

    November 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. scott

    Susan, RAOTFLMTO... you are sooo desparate!

    November 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. OHIO BABE

    I AGREE ITS THE BOARD SHE WANTED TO DO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO WHICH ONE DO THEY GO BY???

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Boricua4Obama

    Isn't that the same personnel board that she appointed and that she can fire at will?

    Oookay!

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. RudyNY

    How utterly transparent.

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    I TRUST THE FIRST PANEL, IT WAS UNAMOUS, HOW COULD THEY HAVE ALL BEEN WRONG, THIS IS JUST MORE REPUBLICAN LIES, THEY ARE DESPERATE, YOU CAN'T FOOL US ANY MORE WITH YOUR CROOKED WAYS! AMERICA, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, GIVE THEM A LANDSLIDE JUST TO SHOW THESE SLEASE BAGS WE ARE SICK OF THEIR LIES.VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Oh Susan, go bite a file, no one believes you were for Obama a few weeks ago.

    I don't even believe your name is Susan, it's more likely Rush or Newt.

    Sarah's exonerated by a group of lackeys SHE APPOINTED. This is Two-Bit, Tin-Horn Dictator stuff. It would have been about the worst thing to ever happen to America if she had become Vice President.

    Sarah needs to be investigated for her ties to a domestic terrorist organization, the Alaska Independance Party.

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. What happens in Vegas.. is BLUE!!!

    Shocking!!! Yeahhh right.

    Obama '08!!

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. OHIO BABE

    SHE STILL ISNT QUALIFIED!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Arsha, QC, Canada

    Get her out of our hairs, she is a nuisance. Who cares what she says or does. Go back to Alaska, where you came from and keep watching Russia from your house, you might catch a glimpse of Putin, but then again, would you even know what he looks like. After all, you fell for two Montreal Radio hosts faking to be Sarkozy. You are pathetic, please go back and never surface again in the world of politics.

    November 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Moose

    CRAP

    November 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Tony_N_ATL

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I am shocked!!!!!!!!!!!! Now did we think it was going to say anything else? This is the same "independent" committee that she and the McCain camp put together....the same people who ALL report to her as governor!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE TRUE INDEPENDENT BOARD HAD THEIR FINDING LAST MONTH!!!!!!!!! GUILTY LITTLE HEIFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Albo58

    The majority of the people commenting on this news are the same ones that could watch Obama commit a bank robbery and they wouldn't see a darn thing! I mean how many skeletons have to come out of his closet for these people to actually consider their blind faith? Lastly, could anyone tell me exactly what achievement (besides actually running for president) Obama has done that would lead you to believe he can fix the economy, achieve energy independence, and defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic?

    November 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Paul

    And if you believe that I've got a bridge to nowhere to sell you.

    November 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Nick

    The Obama campaign never made a big deal about the original probe, so this latest news won't even make a bleep on the radar. It's not like Obama has been hammering Palin over this.

    November 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Mary, NY

    Sarah Palin will return in 2012 to claim the Presidency. Obama is doomed to failure and will be either impeached or not re-elected for his failure to revive a sinking economy. As people are selling apples on street corners, Sarah will return and finally reform Washington.
    Sarah always wins in the end-check the record.

    November 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Trasa, Texas

    I said from the beginning she would be cleared, how convenient. Anyways, doesn't matter because Obama will wipe the wrinkles and the lipstick off both their faces.

    Go Obama/Biden

    November 3, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. malclave

    So, why should we believe this probe, rather than the one controlled by an Obama supporter, who promised an "October surprise"?

    Since Obama is clearly the One, anything which does not aid his Transcendence to President of the World is obviously a Rovian plot.

    Isn't that how you liberals see the world?

    November 3, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. jiml1956

    We already knew this. Sarah said so a few weeks ago.

    November 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. DeVrolijkeNoot

    If the last probe wasn't correct, why should this one be right?

    Mario

    November 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. nancybell

    Palin has still not handed over her medical records- NO DOUBT THE SAME PEOPLE WILL STATE THAT SHE IS SANE!!

    November 3, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  24. Terry B.

    Wow, considering depositions were conducted by this investigator on Oct. 24 and there is already a finding? Alaska justice is swift, maybe they should move to the lower 48 and teach us a thing or two down here. NOT!!! Paaaalease, an investigator hired by the very board that Palins Republican predecessor appointed. No wonder she wanted everything to go before them. If they came to the conclusion she didn't like hell, she could fire them and appoint her own...

    November 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. irene

    What a joke. This second panel was hired by Sarah Palin because the first panel found that she acted unethically. They must think we're really stupid if we are going to buy this. You also gotta love the timing on this. Hopefully, Sarah Palin will be nothing more than an unplesant memory tomorrow.

    November 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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