Troopergate Probe OK, AK Supremes Say

By Justin Rood

Oct 9, 2008 5:08pm

The Alaska legislature’s Troopergate probe into Gov. Sarah Palin may conclude its work and release its findings, the Alaska Supreme Court decided Thursday.

The justices heard a last-minute appeal from several Republican legislators, supported by a Texas conservative legal group, to stop the investigation.  A lower court had ruled against the lawmakers last week.

Peter Maassen, who defended the legislature and its investigator against the suit, provided a copy of the Supreme Court’s order to ABC News.  The court’s decision, he said, had not yet been released.

"The decision is gratifying," said State Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, who is managing the probe and was named in the suit.  "The justices affirm no one’s rights have been violated and the investigation can conclude."

A spokesperson for the court declined to discuss the ruling because the plaintiffs had not yet received a copy of the order.

The legislature’s special counsel is set to deliver his findings tomorrow to the bipartisan panel which authorized the probe in July.  The investigation, which looked into allegations Palin misused her power to pursue a personal vendetta, turned into a political and media circus after Palin was chosen late August to be the Republican vice presidential candidate.

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