[ please forward widely ]
"If you read the report, you will see that there was nothing unlawful
or unethical about replacing a cabinet member..." ? Sarah Palin
From the Branchflower Report (http://download2.legis.state.ak.us/DOWNLOAD.pdf):
"...Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act. That statute provides that:
'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.'"
"...Governor Palin knowlingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda..."
Here are the parts of the report which establish that Palin broke the law:
pp. 48-50 of Branchflower Report (emphasis added):
AS 39.52.110 "Scope of code; prohibition of unethical conduct"
(a) 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.
The terms ... "benefit", "personal interest," and "official action" ... are clearly defined in the Ethics Act as follows:
3. The term "benefit" "means anything that is to a person's advantage or self-interest, or from which a person profits, ... including any advantage, advancement, or anything of value;"
5. The term "personal interest" "means an interest held or involvement by a public officer, or the officer's immediate family member or parent...
The term "official action" is defined in AS 39.52.960 (14), as follows:
(14) "official action" means advice, participation, or assistance, including, for example, a recommendation, decision, approval, disapproval, vote, or other similar action, including inaction, by a public officer.
pp. 65-66 of Branchflower Report (emphasis added):
The evidence supports the conclusion that Governor Palin, at the least, engaged in "official action" by her inaction if not her active participation or assistance to her husband in attempting to get Trooper Wooten fired [and there is evidence of her active participation].
FULL REPORT HERE: