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. Ricky

    See that's how Republican thing is to try run away from the problems....See why I don't vote for them is because all they want is to seize the power and they love say NO NO NO NO NO NO NO to everything what People needed. They also worry too much about taxes. Give me a break !

    November 3, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Amy

    Is this really a surprise? Did anyone honestly think that a personnel board whose members Palin appointed would make a decision against her? They aren't stupid. They know that she holds grudges.

    November 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Aaron

    HA! BIg friggen suprise. Obama 08!

    November 3, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. NE for BO

    @Mary, NY

    You're delusional. She will never be accepted by mainstream America because she doesn't represent but 20 percen of you crazy right-winged fanatics. The only reason she wins in Alaska is because she abuses her power. That's not a true American. Let's sell her and Alaska back to Russia.

    November 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. The World for Obama

    Just in time for the election ... a complete farse. She's a crook, just like her mentor Stevens.

    November 3, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Barbara P.

    Well I guess we all knew this was coming. Just what kind of ethics do people in Alaska have anyway? Here in the lower 48 ethics are very important. I wonder if this had been in Joe Biden's past if the same finding would have been reached. Well, maybe after the election they'll take this up again, when Sarah goes north to Alaska.

    November 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. xavier

    While we are at it, why dont we let Charles Manson's followers have the final word on his next parole hearing. Why dont we let Al-Kaida be judge and jury at Bin Ladin's trial if he is ever caught. Better yet, why dont we let Dick Chenney have the final word on whether Bush lied so as to get us into Iraq? Palin is dirty, and the GOP knows it even if they wont admit it.

    November 3, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Aaron from Ohio

    All three members of the board that cleared her are answerable to...the Governor of Alaska, which just happens to be Sarah. They know she won't be staying in Washington for the next four years because the republicans are going to lose and lose big tomorrow. So let's see...the boss is coming home and she's not going to be in a good mood. She has a habit of firing people who don't support her without question. They clear her hours before the voting starts. I wonder who's getting a nice raise this year?

    November 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Dominican for Obama

    Susan aka Republican think or hope we're as dumb to change our votes just because a group of Sarah (stupid) Palin clear her....Sorry I voted for Obama last week, and even if I have not, I still will vote for Obama.
    Sarah Palin is an idiot, who can not tell us what newspapers or magazines she had read. Maybe we should all send her a copy of the Constitution of the United States, so she can learn what our founding fathers had in mind when they said "The Vice-President of the United States shall be the President of the senate, but shall have not VOTE unless they be equally divided"

    November 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Rami

    You must be kidding me. So, are we to believe that the same board that Palin has appointed is going to find her guilty. This is a joke and I know the American people will see throught this. Additionally, this issue is just one issue of so many that shows that Palin is dangerous to our country. We are sick and tired of the Bush and Chenny politics and McCain and Palin are promising us a much worst era of this politics.

    November 3, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Ready for the 5th

    The righty wack-jobs will continue to rally around her because she upsets the lefties so much.

    Is a lie still a lie if you believe it's true?

    November 3, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Michael Fisher

    she picked the investigator


    im sure if i make my girlfriend go to police academy and arrest me...i can stay out of jail

    November 3, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Irish

    One thing she is guilty of is stupidity. Listen to the prank phone call and see for yourself how gullible and silly she was. Can you really see this person as President of the United States? This prank call has been played throughout the world and she has become a laughing stock for every country out there. If she is elected, I think they will remove the US from the Security Council for ignorance worse than any third world country. We cannot let the 'underinformed" steal this election.

    November 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Bryan in Indiana

    Shocking, isn't it? The day before the election, her appointed flunkies say she's as pure as the driven snow. Wanna bet she threatened them if they didn't? This woman is beyond scary.

    November 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. Thompson

    Yeah...and the sky is Pink.

    November 3, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Bryan in Indiana

    Shocking, isn't it? The day before the election, her appointed flunkies say she's as pure as the driven snow. Wanna bet she threatened them if they didn't? This woman is beyond scary.

    November 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. american for global tolerance

    @canadiens worry about yourself

    Its you who give Americans a bad name. It seems we could use an "outside" perspective from time to time. But then, they tend to be more liberal and that bothers you doesn't it. Keep writing, friends to he north.

    November 3, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    News Flash
    Funny how this is just released the eve of the election.
    Is this suppose to help them win the election.

    November 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Mes

    Are they going to release all the details of their report? Can we hear the testimonies?? The other report we could all read... Just saying...

    November 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Daryl from Seattle

    Isn't the Personnel Board appointed by Palin??? This is no different than when the McCain camp released their own version of the the first report, finding her innocent. What a joke.

    November 3, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Cynthia a conservative voter

    Nice try at a coverup for Palin by her Republician buddies. Why won't Palin release her medical records like the other's running for office did? She must be hiding something.

    November 3, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  22. JN

    hey everyone...after won't matter anymore...she can go back to the corrupted Alaska and stay there...she will be facing charges just like Ted...we will see her in court and found guilty for's only a matter of time....goodbye sarah...!!!! go home and plan your daughter's wedding and baby shower on the same day or is that baby shower and wedding on the same day????

    November 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. gl, Pittsburgh

    Just like Republicans – above the law. She is not fit to be the VP. Where is her medical records.

    November 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. John S

    Like 85% of North America didn't know this was coming. Give me a break. Everyone knew the outcome of this probe because she picked this board herself. Wake up peoiple. Geez, how stupid are some people.

    November 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Cindy McCain Dope ADDICT

    .. “And in the land shall rise the son of Cain” From the north The Deceiver[Palin] a known Beast of false witness, will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind.
    Can I get an amen...? 🙂

    November 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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