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Judge Refuses to Block Troopergate Probe

Alaska judge rules that investigation must go on, upholds subpoenas
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2008 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Alaska judge has refused to halt the Troopergate probe, declaring it a "legitimate" investigation, despite a Republican lawsuit against it, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The judge upheld subpoenas against Sarah Palin's husband and several aides. Five Republican state legislators had filed a lawsuit claiming that the investigation into the firing of a state commissioner was tainted by partisanship and was being used to damage Palin's election chances.

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"It is legitimately within the scope of the legislature's investigatory power to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the termination of a public officer," the judge wrote. The lawyer representing the Legislative Council, which ordered the probe, hailed the ruling, calling it a "big day for Alaska." Todd Palin will likely now testify as part of the probe, barring an appeal to the Supreme Court, said his attorney.
(Read more Alaska stories.)

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