'Troopergate' inquiry clears Palin

Second probe into abuse-of-power allegations clears US vice-presidential hopeful.

    Palin complained a previous legislative inquiry into the 'troopergate' affair was biased [AFP]

    The board's findings run contrary to a legislative inquiry conducted in October that found Palin had abused her position by pressuring subordinates to fire the trooper.

    Palin brought the matter to the board herself after complaining the legislative investigation was led by rival Democrats and biased.

    'Misconceptions'

    Timothy Petumenos, independent legal adviser to the board, said the original inquiry had not interpreted the ethics legislation properly.

    "The Ethics Act is primarily directed at personal financial benefit ... people have a lot of misconceptions about the scope of the Alaska Ethics Act," he said.

    Petumenos also said Palin and other officials had denied allegations made by Monegan which, he claimed, formed the basis of much of the legislative report.

    Thomas Van Flein, a lawyer acting for Palin and her husband Todd, said: "Mr Petumenos determined that the Branchflower report's findings that Govenor Palin abused her power had no legal basis and that Governor Palin did not violate the Ethics Act."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.