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Sarah Palin Broke The Ethics Law In Alaska, And Can Be Impeached

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Sarah Palin Broke The Ethics Law In Alaska, And Is Subject To Impeachment And Removal From Office If The State Legislature Chooses To Do So

I might be wrong, but this is the way I read the facts, the law, and the Alaska state constitution.

The Recently-Released Report Says:

 "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: To get Trooper Michael Wooten fired,"

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aXKt37HYgjK4&refer=home

Note: The report uses the vague term "personal agenda" rather than the more precise  term "personal interest," which is a specific violation of state law.

But it seems to me that the "personal agenda" of firing Trooper Michael Wooten is exactly the same thing as a "personal interest" in firing Trooper Michael Wooten. And this makes her "impermissible pressure" an actual violation of Alaska state law, not merely an improper thing to do.

It appears to me that she violated both Sec. 39.52.110 (Scope of code) and Sec. 39.52.120. (Misuse of official position)

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The State Law Says:
(Please note the precise term "personal or financial interest")

Article 02. CODE OF ETHICS

Sec. 39.52.110. Scope of code.
(a) The legislature reaffirms 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. (more)

and . . .

Sec. 39.52.120. Misuse of official position. (b) A public officer may not (3) use state time, property, equipment, or other facilities to benefit personal or financial interests; (4) take or withhold official action in order to affect a matter in which the public officer has a personal or financial interest; (5) attempt to benefit a personal or financial interest through coercion of a subordinate or require another public officer to perform services for the private benefit of the public officer at any time; (more)
Source: http://www.law.state.ak.us/pdf/ethics/ethicstatutes.pdf

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The Alaska Constitution Says:

Section 2.20 - Impeachment.

All civil officers of the State are subject to impeachment by the legislature. Impeachment shall originate in the senate and must be approved by a two-thirds vote of its members. The motion for impeachment shall list fully the basis for the proceeding. Trial on impeachment shall be conducted by the house of representatives. A supreme court justice designated by the court shall preside at the trial. Concurrence of two-thirds of the members of the house is required for a judgment of impeachment. The judgment may not extend beyond removal from office, but shall not prevent proceedings in the courts on the same or related charges.

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 I believe she also broke the law against &qu... by Suzana Megles on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 8:26:21 AM
It seems to me there is a difference between a per... by Bill Samuel on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 8:46:40 AM
It was quoted from the report on ABC that she di... by Smarterthanu on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:02:45 AM
I think the media -- particularly including MSNBC ... by Gary Anderson on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:37:55 AM
"(d) If the personnel board finds a violation... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 7:34:35 PM
Good call, reading the statute is key here!  ... by Melissa E on Sunday, Oct 12, 2008 at 2:07:03 AM
The woman was not unlike the majority of political... by Philip Dennany on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:42:11 AM
She has brought a lot of unwanted attention to Ala... by Brenda Thornton on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:54:09 AM
Alaska law is precisely that: Alaska law. And it w... by Ed Tubbs on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:13:12 AM
In your Alaska law/constitution research, did you ... by jf on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:13:17 AM
If Obama had been found guilty of abuse-----what w... by virginius "gin" arnold on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:50:28 AM
Abused power, a bit unethical in order to get what... by shirley reese on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 2:10:14 PM
You need to look at the detailed facts of the matt... by Lisa Clark on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 4:10:00 PM
she was not proven guilty......... just be glad we... by don bybee on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 2:10:46 PM
That's a pretty disgusting insinuation there. ... by INtooDeep24 on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 7:55:01 PM
Actually Mr. Bybee,I respectfully submit, 90 perce... by Tnut on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:40:27 PM
This let everybody know how she would run this cou... by Gloretha Gray on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 3:10:41 PM
Where in heck is the law when someone commits a so... by Lisa Clark on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 4:00:23 PM
 To the person who posted with the name "Smartert... by Harold Sutton on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 4:43:56 PM
Can a senator be impeached for ethics violations s... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 6:55:58 PM
If they did that there would be no senaters left. ... by INtooDeep24 on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 8:02:22 PM
John McCain was exonerated in the Keating Five inc... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 8:31:08 PM
But you want Obama "impeached" for somet... by INtooDeep24 on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:41:15 PM
I do not want any of them impeached.  It is m... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:48:25 PM
It sounds like income redistribution to me.Isn't t... by Smarterthanu on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:01:37 PM
S, I respectfully submit,That is the sound of hono... by Tnut on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:59:15 PM
You are kidding, right?  Mr. Obama is just as... by Leep on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 11:34:10 PM
Should have made clear- I am not saying this becau... by Leep on Sunday, Oct 12, 2008 at 12:00:26 AM
Let's see...Palin could only resist abusing he... by Paul Kruger on Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 10:22:00 AM