Palin Aides to Testify on Troopergate

Judge denied attempt by staffers to void lawmakers' subpoenas
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2008 10:26 AM CDT
Alaska state Attorney General Talis Colberg talks about a lawsuit the state filed challenging seven subpoenas issued in the Troopergate investigation during a news conference Sept. 26.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – State employees who had argued that Alaska’s legislature lacked the power to call on them have agreed to testify in the so-called Troopergate probe investigating Sarah Palin’s motives in firing the state’s public-safety commissioner, the Anchorage Daily News reports. A state judge ruled last week against the seven, including Palin’s chief of staff, saying the legislature’s actions were within its power.

“Despite my initial concerns about the subpoenas, we respect the court's decision to defer to the Legislature,” said Alaska’s attorney general, who had fought the process. An investigator hired in July by a different legislative panel is expected to have his report on Palin’s questionable firing of Walt Monegan by Friday.