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IT WAS UNANIMOUS!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers have unanimously voted to release a politically charged ethics report into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her state public safety commissioner.

The legislative panel met for six hours before making the decision. The vote was 12-0 to release the report, except for certain parts they consider confidential.

Alaska lawmakers on Friday began reviewing the lengthy and politically sensitive investigative report focusing on whether Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her authority as governor.

The first-term Alaska governor has been accused of firing a state commissioner to settle a family dispute. But the report is also expected to touch on whether Palin's husband meddled in state affairs and whether her administration inappropriately accessed employee medical records.

MSNBC

PDF of report

From the Anchorage Daily News

"Troopergate report: Palin abused power"

A investigation has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in pushing for the firing of an Alaska state trooper, according to a report just unanimously released by the Legislative Council.

The report by investigator Steve Branchflower found that Palin violated the state's executive branch ethics act, which says 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."

Anchorage Daily News

Originally posted to Cantinflas on Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 05:23 PM PDT.

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