Thursday, September 11, 2008

Troopergate

Some interesting reading in the PDFs in the sidebar to this article. Sarah Barracuda may very well have used her power as governor to fulfill a personal vendetta, but that dude strikes me as one who shouldn't be given a badge, a gun, a taser, and even a smidgen of social authority.

Update: Bryan, formerly in law enforcement himself, was kind enough take a look and opine on the situation here.

6 comments:

Mahakal / מהכאל said...

The trooper aside, Walt Monegan did not deserve to be fired for refusing to get involved in Sarah Palin's personal family drama.

hipparchia said...

if monegan ultimately had control over whether the trooper got fired or not [for public safety reasons], and if the director of a department is the only person she can fire, it's extreme, but probably still a legitimate use of her authority

Mahakal / מהכאל said...

Probably not, or she would have come clean about it. In any case the cover up is generally worse than the underlying crime.

hipparchia said...

i don't remember the exact time frame, and i'm too lazy to look it up, but originally palin was eager for the proposed investigation to go forward. the present stalling started, iirc, only after she got a lawyer.

Mahakal / מהכאל said...

well, originally she lied about it and said she didn't try to have her ex-brother in law fired. but you're right she "welcomed" the investigation until she decided she didn't want to cooperate and apparently directed her staff not to cooperate either and has been trying to get the investigation turned over to her own hand picked deputies.

hipparchia said...

it's convoluted, that's for sure. i'll be interested to see how it turns out, either way.