November 3rd, 2008
07:23 PM ET
14 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. Joe the Engineer

    It doesnt make anything better for you palin, its just over, go back to alaska.

    November 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama - TX

    WHO CARES!! I just want her to go back to Alaska as quick as possible.
    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Karmadave

    After tomorrow the good citizens of Alaska can deal with Palin. If I never hear the name again it will be too soon...

    November 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. NJVote08

    Amazing how she is cleared of Troopergate and that her doctor finally releases a medical report on the eve of the election... Hmmm

    November 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  5. Tariq

    It is pretty hard to find someone guilty of abuse of power if they do in fact abuse power

    November 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. L VA

    This is wonderful news. Gov. Palin is a true reformer that won't put up with business as usual. She is super vigilant! She's going to make a great vice-president. Let's clean up Washington – starting with Pelosi, Reid, and Obama! McCain-Palin '08!

    November 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Susan

    At the very last minute, she is cleared by a board that reports to her.

    How truly very convenient.

    Now she releases a one-paragraph medical report.

    Why all this on November 3rd? So she can say she complied?

    LOSER!!!!! Vote tomorrow, people! Let's send this farce back to Alaska where she belongs.

    November 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Joe

    Whatever...too late for her anyway. How amazing...the republicans that support her actually think she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from Alaska...what a joke these people are! LMAO...That's got to be one of the stupidest things a politician has ever said!

    November 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. RJW

    Who did she threaten to fire if they found her gulity? I guess the repugs think that American Peoples are fools and can't see through this so call big surprise the day before the election. Try someting else, we are much smarter.

    November 3, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. mary

    I,ve been wanting to say this for a long time,Palins 15 minutes are up.Thank God.

    November 3, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. Carole

    Come on – it takes two boards to clear her name. What was promised in return for a favorable response? I'm so tired of people not doing the right thing all the time. Character Counts! folks. Remember that golden rule – do unto others as you would have done to you – she has no clue what that means. If we thought Cheney was bad – look out!

    November 3, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. suzyku

    Oh sure! This was "her" people and therefore means absolutely nothing, just like her! Big zero fraud.

    November 3, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. m.c.

    Sarah Palin will make history tomorrow, when she is elected the first female Vice President in America's history!!! The election is not over, it's TODAY-the pundits pulled the same nonsense on Hillary, saying the primary wasover, right before the super-delegates gave it to Obama. Pennsylvania will GO RED!!!!

    November 4, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Tony

    Everyone knew that Barbie Palin would get off! I only pray that we will finally send her and her familty home for the last time on the plain at our expense!!

    November 4, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  15. GCOOK

    Get your facts right peapl the trooper thretand Sarra and her family. That is called abuse of power.Thank god somebody in this country can stand up to peaple like that.

    November 4, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  16. DonnieJ

    This is moot. Exit national stage left.

    November 4, 2008 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
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