Palin Threatens Defamation Lawsuits

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2009 7:47 AM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears at an event with two of her children.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
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(Newser) – Why Gov. Sarah Palin has chosen to leave office well before the end of her term is anyone's guess; but watch what you say, reports the Anchorage Daily News. An attorney for the soon-to-be-ex-governor threatened yesterday to sue anyone publishing "defamatory" stories about Palin—including rumored criminal investigations into her administration.

The lawyer singled out a pesky Alaskan blogger who has suggested Palin quit because of a federal investigation, telling MSNBC the Alaska governor's resignation speech was "damage control for news that's coming up later." Rumors have long dogged Palin that she steered contracts for the 2003 construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex when she was town mayor, which the press has implied may be linked to the financing of her $532,500 home.