GOP Lawmakers File Appeal to Halt Troopergate Case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Five Republican lawmakers have filed an
emergency appeal to Alaska's Supreme Court in an attempt to halt an
investigation into abuse of power allegations by Gov. Sarah Palin
before the findings are released next week.
An independent investigator is conducting the probe into whether
Palin acted improperly in firing former Public Safety Commissioner
Walt Monegan. The investigator, Steven Branchflower, plans to turn
over his findings to the Legislative Council by next Friday.
An Anchorage judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit by the five
Republican lawmakers. They claim the investigation is being
manipulated to damage Palin before Election Day.

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