February 7th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Sarah Palin's husband, aides found in contempt

Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.
Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.

(CNN) - Todd Palin and nine aides were found in contempt Friday by the Alaska Senate for failing to appear to testify in the Legislature's "troopergate" investigation of his wife, Gov. Sarah Palin, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party said.

But a Senate resolution said no one should be punished, because the 10 did submit statements to the investigator, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The investigation concerns the governor's firing of the state's public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan.

A bipartisan commission in the state Legislature investigated allegations that Palin fired Monegan after he refused to sack her ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten. The governor, first elected in 2006, has denied wrongdoing.

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  1. Angie

    well the wasilla hillbillies strike again. these holier than thou repubs make me laugh. sarah has her nerve talking about President Obama. Look at the mess that has come out on her and her family. sarah pals around with drug dealers (the baby's daddy's momma), her daughter and the baby daddy are both high school dropouts, sarah herself is a liar. she is a crooked polictian just like the rest of the repubs that like to point fingers at others. when the repubs realize they are just like anyone else and no better then maybe they still change their superior ways. loser,liars,war mongers. that is all the repubs know.

    February 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Fan of Common Sense

    What a joke! Anyone with an I.Q. over room tempurature realizes that the timing of these subpeonas was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY POLITICAL. It irritates to me to see politicians exploiting and abusing the system for PURELY PARTISAN reasons. I'm surprised they didn't want to question him about the D.U.I. he got 22 YEARS AGO when he was a kid.

    February 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Fan of Common Sense

    What a joke! Anyone with an I.Q. over room tempurature realizes that the timing of these subpeonas was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY POLITICAL. It irritates me to see politicians exploiting and abusing the system for PURELY PARTISAN reasons. I'm surprised they didn't want to question him about the D.U.I. he got 22 YEARS AGO when he was a kid.

    February 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Eric

    GOP – make laws but don't live by them. The laws we make apply to others – not us and not those close to us who we protect. Those we protect are either through nepotism or their large donations of cash to my unending appetite for wealth. We invoke "god" to inflate our base but we serve those who fuel our hunger for money and power – first, foremost and always. And aren't we masterful at fooling a good chunk of the nation!! Something else for us to pump up our chests over.

    February 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. And still she lies

    Donit worry, Palin will be issuing a statement any minute about how her husband was found completely innocent, as she did when she was found to have abused her power and violated Alaska state law in this same matter.

    February 7, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. fishtxo

    Toothless lion roars (meeows) again.

    February 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Susan

    So why is he not in jail?

    February 7, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. LMC in Seattle

    So would people not connected to Palin receive special treatment like this?

    February 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Dace Tucson AZ

    Oh what a shock – Palin and her rabid mad dog husband are both criminals and it was all covered up during the election – they were found guilty but nothing was done. These are some of the most vile idiots in the history of our country – what an insult to the presidential election process and the American people to be dragged to the sewer by these two.

    February 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Terri

    Here's another one who is above the law. Here is the reason Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes. Where is the law Americans?Could you picture what would happen if "we the people" would just say, "I am above the law. If politicans can do it, so can I"?

    February 7, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Terri

    And the beat goes on....

    February 7, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Thomas

    CNN,
    look into ethics violations regarding favoritism towards pipeline contracts !
    Sarah / Todd

    February 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. And I don't even like her

    Wow, the media really is afraid of Sarah Palin.

    February 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. chuck

    SARAH PALIN IS THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA BY NAME AND TODD PALIN BY POWER AND DIRECTION. BY 2012 THESE TWO BASTARDS WILL BOTH BE IN JAIL. YOU COULD TAKE THIS TO THE BANK.

    February 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Sandy

    Outrageous. They violated the law, but "no one should be punished?" If it was you or me, we'd be in jail. Different set of rules for these folks, I guess.

    February 7, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. bill

    I guess the Alaskan Senate wants their subpoenas in the future to be ignored. Who would appear in a committee with one of their subpoenas now.

    February 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. nick

    What is the purpose of the story if no one is to be found guilty or be punished?

    February 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Jorge

    You mean like the majority of Obama's cabinet appointments, Terri? Your boy is so tainted by the Chicago machine that he makes Clinton look like a saint.

    February 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Must be nice.... break the law and don't appear. Can everyone do that???

    February 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Rachel in Nebraska

    It really bothers me that he and the others were found in contempt of court, but no punishment was given to them. Would this happen with other American citizens found in contempt of court? I highly doubt it. The Alaska legislature is very week and Alaskan politics are very crooked.

    Why are the Palins above the law??

    February 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    The decision not to punish Todd Palin only goes to show if you are a person of status–and in this case not much–you are above the law and do not have to pay for your actions. If the average Joe did the same thing the outcome would be much different. Justice was not served and the contempt is actually the feelings of the people, who expect those in politics to be held to a higher standard, or at least the same standard as any ordinary citizen. Sorry folks, the ELITE go by a different set of rules and laws than the rest of us.

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. John Anthony

    I say, throw he and his ditsy egomaniac wife into a cell for the next 20 years! Let their newborn be put into a NORMAL foster family's home and be renamed with a NORMAL name too!

    February 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. A dog barks in berkley round

    DIFFERENT LAWS FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS I GUESS?

    February 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. D.J. San Francisco

    Why can't this low life women and her trailer trash husband just disappear?

    February 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. miker

    only republician pay their taxes, Dems are cheats

    February 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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