Newsweek Burning Up the Trooper-Gate Case

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September 9, 2008 11:57 p.m.

The latest out of Trooper-gate.

Remember that Palin’s Trooper-Gate scandal revolves around her apparent efforts to use her power as governor to have her ex-brother-in-law, an Alaska state trooper, fired from his job. The trooper, Michael Wooten, was in a long-lasting and bitter divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister. (Once the state Commissioner of Public Safety, Wooten’s ultimate boss, wouldn’t do the deed, she fired him.)

Now it comes out that before she even became governor — and was in a position to abuse her power of office — Palin had to be warned by the judge in the divorce case that her harassment of Wooten amounted to “a form of child abuse.”

If her behavior was so abusive and over-the-line before she became governor (this was in 2005), can there really be much doubt she would have used all her power of office to get him fired?

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