Branchflower reports on page 8 of his report four major findings:
- Palin abused her power in violation of Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act, which provides that “each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.” His reasons for this findings are given later; I haven’t had a chance to read them yet.
- Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Wooten was not the only reason Palin fired him, but was probably a contributing reason. However, Palin was still within her rights to fire him.
- Harbor Adjustment Services of Anchorage and its owner Murleen Wilkes handles Trooper Wooten’s workman’s compensation claim properly, & Wooten got the workman’s comp to which he was due.
- Attorney General Talis Colberg failed “substantially” to comply with Branchflower’s August 6, 2008 request for information in the form of emails.
More later, when I’ve had time to read. But I imagine plenty more info about the findings & implications will be available from all over the place really soon.