Troopergate report: Major findings

Branchflower reports on page 8 of his report four major findings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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