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The report’s out:

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

Here’s the AP’s lede:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state’s public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn’t the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor.

Palin, however continues to lie.

Gov. Sarah Palin again insisted on Saturday that an investigation by Alaska lawmakers into the firing of her former brother-in-law found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part,” and added that “there was no abuse of authority at all in trying to get Officer Wooten fired.” (The report did in fact conclude that she had abused the power of the governor’s office.)

So here’s the bottom line.  Palin did something unethical, but not illegal.  Watch conservatives stress the latter, while everyone else with a conscience stresses the former.

Btw, I’m watching Fox News as I type this, and they just covered the story, and it’s just unbelievable to me that anyone can think that this channel is unbiased.  Question from anchor: “So is this thing over, or are we going to have people still trying to say that she abused her power?”  Correspondent: “I think this is effectively over, because people want to talk about real issues like the economy at this point.”

Ridiculous.

Update:

BarbinMD points out this gem:

The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found to have violated ethics standards before a national election.

Gotta love those reformers…

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Keep your eyes peeled.  Here’s a taste from the NYT:

By now, the outlines of the matter have been widely reported. Mr. Monegan believes he was ousted because he would not bow to pressure to dismiss Trooper Wooten. The Alaska Legislature is investigating the firing and whether the governor abused the powers of her office to pursue a personal vendetta. Its report is due Friday.

Ms. Palin has denied that anyone told Mr. Monegan to dismiss Trooper Wooten, or that the commissioner’s ouster had anything to do with him. But an examination of the case, based on interviews with Mr. Monegan and several top aides, indicates that, to a far greater degree than was previously known, the governor, her husband and her administration pressed the commissioner and his staff to get Trooper Wooten off the force, though without directly ordering it.

Peace out, Ayers.  Hello, Monegan and Wooten.

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