A legislative panel ruled that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was within her official duty to fire a former public safety commissioner.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—An Alaska legislative panel ruled that Governor Sarah Palin was justified in firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.
According to an October 11, 2008 Washington Post article by James V. Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy that appeared on the newspaper’s website, the 14-member panel ruled that the dismissal of Monegan over his refusal to fire Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten—Palin’s former brother-in-law—was legal.
The politically-charged investigation of Palin started when Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose the Alaska governor as his vice presidential running mate. According to an October 13, 2008 non-bylined Associated Press article that appeared on Yahoo.com’s new page, Monegan did not contest his dismissal and said that he believed it was legal.
However, the firing became controversial when the national news media suggested that there might have been some kind of abuse of power by Palin. Wooten, according to Palin, had a history of violent behavior and inappropriate conduct during his time as an Alaska state trooper, according to the Washington Post article.
Wooten was involved in a bitter divorce with Governor Palin’s sister, Molly, according to the Washington Post article. The article also indicated that Wooten had threatened Palin’s father, used a Taser on his 10-year-old stepson and drank beer in his squad car.