Palin vs. Wooten: Palin wins another round

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cue Wicked Witch of the West cackle and music:

The Alaska state trooper who was the subject of harsh allegations by Gov. Sarah Palin was taken off patrols recently for his own safety, after her comments allegedly prompted a series of threatening phone calls, KIMO-TV in Anchorage reported Friday. […]

Wooten is now working a desk job, KIMO reported. The troopers’ union has expressed concern because the new position means he can no longer earn overtime pay.

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Congratulations to Sarah Palin

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In honor of you winning this round:

These findings differ from those of the Branchflower Report because Independent Counsel has concluded the wrong statute was used as a basis for the conclusions contained in the Branchflower Report, the Branchflower report misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all of the material evidence that is required to properly reach findings.

But this twit reserves the right to comment after she reads that deposition

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Sarah Palin thinks you are a moron

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update: via McClatchy, from an Anchorage Daily News editorial on October 15, 2008:

Sarah Palin’s reaction to the Legislature’s Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.

She claims the report “vindicates” her. She said that the investigation found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.”

Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.

We’re through the looking glass, people.

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Highlights from the Troopergate Report

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What do you mean you don’t have time to read the entire 263 page report about how Sarah Palin abused her authority as governor?

Your faithful twit has collected some highlights for you:

(pdf at 8)

(pdf at 49)

(pdf at 52)

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New details from the McCann/Wooten divorce suggest that Sarah Palin is an abusive scumbag

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Back when I was a family law attorney, I sometimes taught a “pro se education” class at the court, which was mandatory in the state I practiced in for people going through a divorce without an attorney.  One of the issues that I covered in the class was the standard interim order that is issued in every divorce that involves children in that state.  This order includes the requirement that neither parent disparage the other parent in front of the children.

The explanation I gave about why this part of the order is so important is that children automatically understand that they are created by both of their parents, 50% one parent and 50% the other.  To disparage the other parent disparages that child.  If you call your soon-to-be ex-wife a scumbag, you are calling your child a scumbag.  It is confusing and hurtful for children, and it often backfires.  It backfires because a child typically becomes defensive of the disparaged parent – and of course they would, they are essentially defending themselves.

Which brings us to Sarah Palin and the concern that she and/or her family members engaged in “emotional child abuse,” to such a stunning degree that the judge presiding over the McCann/Wooten divorce threatened to give residential custody to Michael Wooten if the disparagement continued.

Via Newsweek on September 9, 2008, by way of TPM:

In an order signed Jan. 31, 2006, which granted Palin’s sister and Wooten a final divorce decree, Judge Suddock continued to express concern about attacks by Palin’s family on Wooten. The judge even threatened to curb Palin’s sister’s child custody rights if family criticism of Wooten continued.

Based on what Newsweek reports later on in the article, the judge didn’t just threaten to “curb” those custody rights, the judge threatened to order the children into Michael Wooten’s residential custody if the “emotional child abuse” continued.  The exact role played by Sarah Palin isn’t clear from what Newsweek reports, but it does sound like the Court determined that there was a concerted effort by her family to disparage Mike Wooten in front of the children.

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The case for the impeachment of Governor Sarah Palin

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On August 30, 2008, I reviewed online court records for the McCann/Wooten family court cases and created a timeline to help make sense of the news reports related to the “Troopergate” scandal.  At this point, a narrative version seems appropriate to help make sense of that timeline, particularly in light of how the court cases provide a telling backdrop to the scandal.

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Palin vs. Wooten: Chronology of a Scandal

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A bitter custody dispute, starring the sister of Governor Sarah Palin, Molly McCann, and her three attorneys, versus the currently unrepresented Michael Wooten?  An erupting scandal involving allegations of political power being leveraged by Governor Palin for an advantage in that custody case?  The Alaska Department of Public Safety makes recordings of all of its incoming calls?  Could this be a bonafide scandal?

Apparently, it was a ‘little known fact’ that calls to the Alaska DPS are recorded.

This calls for a timeline…

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