November 3rd, 2008
07:23 PM ET
10 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. Steve Kieselstein

    What poor reporting. How could this story possibly omit the fact that Palin appointed this board, but that the first set of findings was by a bipartisan panel of the Legislature?

    November 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Frances Nebraska

    Wouldn't that be nice to appoint your own jury.

    November 3, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    Petumenos: Now tell me the truth, did you fire Monegan because he wouldn't fire your ex-brother-in-law?

    Gov. Palin: Nope.

    1st Dude: Not me.

    Petumenos: Well, that works for me. Case closed.

    November 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Christine

    I guess the two probes cancel each other out, so we're back at square one with this thing.

    I'm more interested in finding out why Sarah Palin has still refused to release her medical records? Could CNN please track those down for the voters?

    November 3, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Robin

    So her own hand picked commission cleared her of charges.... can we say conflict of interest?

    November 3, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. alex

    I cannot stand this sarah palin. She is full of lies and believe is the big thing. Besides she lacks the experience we need in a vp.

    November 3, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. iowa expat

    this really stinks. throw a little sunlight on it.

    November 3, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. gc

    It doesn't say that she didn't do it, just that she didn't break the law. In Alaska you are allowed to use your power to push people around.

    November 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Bob

    Her political enemies in the Legislature say the worst they could find was she was guilty of letting Todd Palin use the phone.
    The personnel board finds she is not guilty.

    No matter what you think of her, there's no there there folks.
    Troopergate was manufactured by allies of the Governor (Murkowski)
    she unseated.

    November 3, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Julie

    It will be interesting in future days to read Branchwater's response that he used the wrong legal yardstick (per Personnel Board Esquire Petumenos).

    This will continue ad nauseam for Alaskans.

    Tomorrow our eight years in the desert will come to an end. Go Vote!

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Skyview

    The board members were all appointed by Palin; was there ever any doubt about what decision it would make? At any rate, the Legislature is a seperate and independent part of government....I trust a bi-partisan decision from it before I would accept a decision made by the executive department, which is headed by Palin. The lady with lipstick is unethical and is guilty as sin.

    November 3, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. MAC

    Hey Susan,

    You are an idiot! Now that is a good reason to switch, the media was unfair to Palin, WAAA!, It proves you are an individual with IQ of 20 and is so myopic. Don't bite your nose to spite your face. McCain is a loose cannon, cannot keep a straight campaign message. HisV P choice has ADD and cannot make complete sentences. They are dumb and dumber.

    November 3, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. sanramonca

    So if she should accede to the presidency, we will probably have more than a few enlisted men with a pin-up of the Commander-in-Chief over their bunks. Morale aside, is that appropriate?

    November 3, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. beth

    take a look at what the comments are in the anchorage daily news...they know what palin's all about. i feel bad for her; alaska doesn't want her back either.

    November 3, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. Still serving

    How can you clean up Washington when you've left so much "stuff" in Alaska???? First; clean up Alaska. Same old same ole....

    Still Serving

    November 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. MAX

    Palin is the biggest joke in politics, i wonder what old Macain was thinking when he taped her. That shows his judgement . Go Barack/Joe.

    November 3, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  17. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    How much did this cost the GOP to get this out at this time? They are certainly the most corrupt group of politicians in any part of the world and the U.S. is certainly welcome to them.

    November 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Rudy

    The American people are not so stupid as to believe this new so-called report. This group was appointed by Palin and her cronies. The Republicans and McCain/Palin are morally and ethically bankrupt. Let's hope that everyone gets out to vote for Barack Obama for President so we can put an end to the Republican culture of corruption!

    November 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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  20. Sick of this

    Democrats, you are all pathetic bitter hate-mongers. Go back in your hole! You can't stand when you are WRONG!!!!!

    Yes to McCain/ Palin!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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    November 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. leonard

    It dasnt matter, the voice off Obama sounds also here in my country France. In Europe never voted a black man or woman for president or premier ministre. And so, Europe is match more racist then the Americans think that the are. And Palin can better go back where she is comming from, to Alaska, she is so a naieve woman. Maybe we can do a change, Obama preident for France and Sarkozy to the USA.

    November 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Pat in IL

    If I ever go before a jury, I hope it's handpicked by me! This is such a joke. It sure makes me wonder what politics, etc. is like in the state of Alaska. The first panel was bipartisan and NOT handpicked by her....funny that they found her guilty of ethics violations and this one didn't. Is she that dumb, or does she just think we are?

    November 3, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Karen, NC

    I'm glad no one else is buying this election eve "surprise" - and the best thing that could happen to the Dems and the American people is if she is the Rep candidate for president in 2012 - it will be a very easy win for Obama!!! The worst of it would be having to listen to her crazy talk and hatemongering through a full election ...

    November 3, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Canadians worry about yourselves

    I am amazed at the amount of Canadians that post on these boards. I could care less about what you have to say. I would never spend a minuted in your country. It is typically the country the foreigners gain citizenship when the US won't take them. Use your own boards, leave ours alone..

    November 3, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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