August 12th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
13 years ago

Court: Palin was allowed to use private e-mail

(CNN) - A Superior Court judge in Alaska has ruled that former Gov. Sarah Palin was allowed to conduct official state business on a private e-mail account.

Anchorage resident Andree McLeod - who has filed multiple ethics complains against Palin - had sued the former Republican vice presidential nominee claiming that the use of private e-mails denied citizens the right to request public records.

But Judge Jack W. Smith ruled Wednesday that nothing in Alaska law prevents state officials from using private e-mail accounts.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Butch/Good News, MA

    A message to all of you blasting Palin every day as being "an idiot" and "un-educated" and calling her every hateful name in the book. Go find President Obama's answer to the 1st question at his town hall meeting in Portsmouth, NH yesterday. Listen to him mumble, and stumble, and put together a completely non-sensical answer when he actually has to think on his feet and not rely on his teleprompter. This is supposed to be the "most educated" president in history? Are you kidding me? He ended up defending private industries (UPS and FedEX) and blasting a government agency (the US Postal Service) when TRYING to make a compelling point FOR government controlled health care. BTW...where are the articles on the Ticker today on that gem of a speech? Not exactly a shining moment in his pitch for healthcare reform.

    August 12, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. ken

    As she should be.......

    CNN polling this woman even after loosing the elections says it all....

    August 12, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The state run media is amazing 2 stories about an ex-governor in one day. Rather than telling the truth about this near dictatorship the dope smokin' Oprah watchers gave us. CNN continues to run stories, multiple stories every day about a resigned governor of a low population state. This is what passed for news in lib land.

    August 12, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Just another non-issue raised by the looney left.

    August 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. john

    This is commonsense stuff. No private email for company work. Most companies would not allow it. I do not see why the gov't would allow this. Ridiculous!

    August 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Who cares about the twit's email account. Just keep her out of the news. Let her type her uneducated thoughts on Facebook, Myspace or wherever. She's no longer a politician and should no longer be receieving media coverage.

    August 12, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Butch/Good News, MA

    BTW for all you haters with nothing better to do...The scorecard now reads 16...yes 16...ethics violation claims brought against Gov. Palin that have been dismissed. Keep on spewing your venom of what a terrible person she is.

    And for the record...a challenge to your conscience...and try...try to answer honestly. If a state trooper tasered a 10 year old boy, was caught drinking on the job on 2 occassions, had a DWI arrest, AND threatened to kill your parents...would you do everything in your power to have him removed from his job? Answer honestly. If you can.

    August 12, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Yossi Gestetner

    good, another "ethic problem" is out the window...

    August 12, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    Sarah Palin for President in 2012. Obama is going down and going down hard. This is a Capitalist Nation not a Socialist Nation.

    August 12, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Big Bill

    Private E-Mail or not, the Truth will come out about Sarah, before long.

    August 12, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Well there should be. There's a reason why. To stop corruption. It should be illegal for her, or any fed, to use personal accounts for business.

    August 12, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It was for government business, it should be a part of the record. If it was personal tidbits or jokes, then it shouldn't be in there. I mean I wouldn't expect e-mails about a group doing fantasy football to be included. If it is about budgets and state policies, then yes.

    August 12, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. chubby

    Just like the other complaints, a bunch of hog wash from the unwashed liberals.

    August 12, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    So a judge declares Palin did nothing wrong concerning these e-mails and this makes the complainer look small and petty. An awful lot of you libs are a hateful bunch. I guarantee hateful spew in a short while. You hate her poltics? I have no problem with that. The constant name calling says more about you than Sarah Palin! Party of tolerance you say? On what planet??

    August 12, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |

    Once again, Dems after Palin, they must be scarerd.

    August 12, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Jake

    G. W. Bush conducted EVERYTHING in private, why not a private email account for Palin? we would ask for nothing less from the Republicans...

    August 12, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Sea.gem

    Of course this won't make the of the groundless attacks that cost her family money and led to her resiging...keep the real story out of the limelight..people enjoy hating her too much..but they can not ignore the truth in her message.

    August 12, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Nancy in Illinois

    Why in the world does a governor need to use a private email account instead of his/her official one? Except to hide something perhaps? Wow, I wish the press would declare a moratorium on coverage of this nutjob. And, by the way, she looked completely ridiculous wearing a corsage to her farewell speech a couple weeks ago. Someone should tell her not too many people in the lower 48 wear corsages anymore. It wasn't a beauty pageant, but she was dressed for one! If a man were a quitter, and gave a speech in that situation, he wouldn't be wearing a boutonniere. (We quit, therefore, we wear corsages.) She has single-handedly set women back 30 years. Wow, what a loser (and a quitter)!

    August 12, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Who appointed that Judge?

    August 12, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Awl poor liberals.

    August 12, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. DB

    This is no surprise. Governor Palin has AGAIN been exonerated. There are a lot of Alaskans that will be happy to see the end of Andree McLeod and her frivilous complaints......but watch out Governor Parnell.....she's still out there and probably madder than ever!!

    August 12, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. HonestMistake

    Andree McLeod should be forced to pay her legal expenses for all his lawsuits.

    August 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. wesmorgan1

    If that's what Alaska law states, so be it. I would suggest, however, that the legislature should take appropriate action to close what I would consider a loophole. If private email accounts aren't subject to public records laws, then state politicians/employees shouldn't be using them for official business.

    If memory serves, this became an issue during the Clinton Administration, and regulations were put in place for this very purpose.

    August 12, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. ran

    To allow this is like warrantless wiretapping, you can never know if the email was used for Gov. business just like you can never know if you were wiretapped because it is privilege information because it is private.

    Talk about judicial activism.

    August 12, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. CNN: Where's the guy who.......

    illegally hacked into Palin's e-mail and then published it????

    In jail? Or was it swept under the rug by the administration?

    How about a follow-up story about whether justice was done????

    August 12, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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