Cops Didn't Wait on Palin Run to Bust Levi's Mom: Probe

Baby daddy's mommy pleads not guilty
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 6, 2009 11:27 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 file photo, Sherry Johnston, mother of Levi Johnston, talks about her son at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.    (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
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(Newser) – The drug case against Bristol Palin’s future mother-in-law wasn’t slowed for political reasons, an investigation found yesterday. A state trooper had suggested as much in an email, prompting a flurry of national concern, the Anchorage Daily News reports. But a probe by the union representing troopers found that the claim was prompted by misunderstandings between case investigators and state safety officials.

“Events nationally, and their affects (sic) locally, certainly may have influenced” Levi Johnston’s mother Sherry’s “behaviors and ultimately the timeline of the case," said the public safety chief. But “accusations that political motives were behind the decision on how to manage this case are baseless." With no lawyer or supporters backing her in court, Johnston pleaded not guilty yesterday to six counts of possession and sale of OxyContin. She subsequently received a public defender.