Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin Abused Power

I know this will be over all the place, and there's nothing really secret about it, but according to the news, "Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper." I am sure there will a lot of analysis and partisan bickering about what it all means. I just think it point's yet again to to McCain's judgement. He picked as his running mate someone who is willing to use political power to settle personal vendettas.

I also like how Palins attorney said "In order to violate the ethics law, there has to be some personal gain, usually financial. Mr. Branchflower has failed to identify any financial gain." Now I ain't no layer but I looked up the ALASKA EXECUTIVE BRANCH ETHICS ACT on the Internet, and this is what it says:

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.

It further states:
A public officer may not 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.

Notice that it says "personal OR financial interest.' One can easily violate the law and not receive any financial gain from it. Palin should think about firing her attorney because if that's his argument, then he's a lawyer who can't even read the law.