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

Sarah Palin's husband, aides found in contempt

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/06/palin.contempt/art.todd.palin.gi.jpg caption="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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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. jim

    They should have included Sarah

    February 7, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Yellow Dog in Little Rock

    I thought the word "subpoena" meant you must appear to testify or be "under punishment." This wasn't even a tap on the wrist. Some investigation.

    February 7, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Cheryl from MN

    They are above the law! Think of the abuse of power they would have had if they were in Washington!

    February 7, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. CA Indie for Obama

    glad it's in Alaska and not the lower 49!

    February 7, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Liberal-Hater

    OMG it`s not enough the liberal elist [spelled wrong] media practically annihilated this poor woman during the campaign,but they gotta keep dragging the fake scandals and the non-stop abusive attacks DAY AFTER DAY!!!!! Leave the woman alone already geez!!!!! The hatred you lunatics aim at her is absolutely disgusting.Ugh!!!!

    February 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Larry

    "Contempt" is what everybody should have for a court that wants to pursue a case for a jerk like Palins exbrother-in-law ,a trooper.

    Complaints from Palin's family led to a five-day suspension for the trooper in 2006 after his superiors found he had illegally shot a moose using his wife's permit, drove his patrol car while drinking beer and used a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson "in a training capacity."


    February 7, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    If i were to fail to appear in court i would get jail time, a fine, or both!

    February 7, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. joe

    Oh, how quickly we forget Bill Clinton when we are shaking our fingers at Palin. The body count surrounding his adminisration was unbeleivable..and never got any real coverage. By the way..What is he definition of "is"? Oh, and the pride of the Democatic Party, Ted Kennedy too. Since the Clinton News Nework forgets the stack of felonys his family got him out of....I hope she died quickly and he rots in Hell fo killing her.

    February 8, 2009 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
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