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Palin Found Guilty of Abuse of Power

An Alaskan legislative inquiry, upon investigation, has found that while Sarah Palin did not commit a crime in moving to replace a cabinet member, she was, indeed, guilty of abuse of power in what has come to be called Troopergate.

Palin fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan when he refused to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, because the trooper was embroiled in a custody battle with Palin’s sister. It’s wonderful that Palin feels so strongly about her family, but laws, even ethics laws, are made to be followed regardless of personal involvement with any particular matter. That’s part of what makes someone worthy of being elected—we know that the person will not pick and choose the situations in which he or she will follow the laws.

There’s apparently a fine line between abusing the public trust and committing a crime, and luckily for Palin, she managed to keep her pointy-toed stilettos on the right side, so she won’t be seeing the inside of a cell over this problem. However, being found guilty of abuse of power does mean that Mr. Monegan can persue the matter legally——and it also means that Sarah Palin might not be someone we can trust to tell the truth.

When the story first broke over the summer, she welcomed the investigation, saying that she had nothing to hide, but after she became the vp nominee, she did a 180 and refused to cooperate with the investigators. Now, we know why. The Palins are now clinging to the only little piece of good news in the report, and that is that she did NOT TECHNICALLY committ a crime. I say that if that’s all ya got, then maybe trying to get elected isn’t your biggest problem.