Only days before the scheduled release of an investigative report on whether Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska’s governor in the “Troopergate” case, six pro-Palin lawmakers have lodged an emergency appeal asking the state Supreme Court to shut down the inquiry.
The Alaska Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in the appeal on Wednesday and rule by Thursday, the day before the report is set to be released. The appeal followed an Oct. 2 ruling by a Superior Court judge rejecting the Republican effort to block the report’s release.
The six GOP lawmakers claim that the legislative inquiry into Palin’s firing of state Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan in July – after he refused to fire her estranged ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper – has become tainted by partisan politics.
In their Oct. 3 appeal to the state’s Supreme Court, the pro-Palin lawmakers argued that Alaska citizens “will suffer irreparable harm if the investigation at issue continues and if the resulting investigative report issues as planned on Oct. 10, 2008.”
The appeal seeks to reverse a ruling by Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski, who allowed the inquiry to continue.
via Consortium Blog: Alaska GOP’s Last-Ditch Palin Defense
Interestingly, another Troopergate story comes at the same time:
From the NYT:
Seven Alaska state employees have reversed course and agreed to testify in an abuse-of-power investigation against Gov. Sarah Palin.
… Lawmakers subpoenaed seven state employees to testify in the inquiry, but they challenged those subpoenas. A judge rejected that challenge last week. Because of that ruling, the Alaska attorney general, Talis Colberg, says, the employees have decided to testify.
If the appeal goes through, those seven employees would be off the hook. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen in the interest of true justice. This corruption case was an issue and a big deal before Palin was picked to be the GOP presidential, er, vice presidential candidate. From what I hear from my contacts in Alaska, most people there want the truth — they want the probe to move forward, so that “irreparable harm” crap is clearly crap. Palin shouldn’t get a pass just becase she decided to throw her hat into the ring. What — can we all avoid legal issues and dodge subpoenas if we choose (or our spouse decides) to run for office?