Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

By Justin Rood

Oct 7, 2008 6:27pm

Get ready, Troopergate fans!  The Alaska
Legislature will receive the findings of its controversial Troopergate
investigation on Friday morning, according to its Web site.

Gov. Sarah Palin originally said she’d
cooperate, but switched her tune after joining the GOP ticket.  Since then, the
campaign has waged a no-holds-barred effort to discredit the investigation and
just about anyone involved with it, alleging bias and unconstitutionality.

The public reaction to the report on Friday will
tell how successful that effort has been.  The Legislative Council – the
14-member bipartisan panel which unanimously approved the probe in July – will
convene at 9 a.m. Alaska time to receive the investigative report prepared by
its special counsel, Stephen Branchflower.  It will then vote to make the
findings public.

Of course, this is Troopergate, so there’s an
arcane twist: the Alaska Supreme Court could intervene. The judges are set to
hear oral arguments Wednesday on behalf of several GOP state lawmakers who, with the help
of a conservative Texas-based legal foundation, are appealing to stop the
investigation. A lower judge dismissed their suit last week.

The judges are expected to make their ruling by

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