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)
@susan. You're a joke. She appointed this board. You were never for OB. You're not changing anyones mind.
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.
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.
Susan, RAOTFLMTO... you are sooo desparate!
I AGREE ITS THE BOARD SHE WANTED TO DO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE, SO WHICH ONE DO THEY GO BY???
Isn't that the same personnel board that she appointed and that she can fire at will?
How utterly transparent.
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
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.
Shocking!!! Yeahhh right.
SHE STILL ISNT QUALIFIED!!!!!!!!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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?
And if you believe that I've got a bridge to nowhere to sell you.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We already knew this. Sarah said so a few weeks ago.
If the last probe wasn't correct, why should this one be right?
Palin has still not handed over her medical records- NO DOUBT THE SAME PEOPLE WILL STATE THAT SHE IS SANE!!
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...
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.