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Seven Palin aides ignore subpoenas

September 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Seven of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's top aides, including chief of staff Mike Nizich, defied legislators' subpoenas for their testimony on possible abuse of power by the governor.

The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Hollis French, waited 30 minutes before reading a statement that the witnesses could be found in contempt when the full Legislature convenes in January and that the investigation will go on "in a simple search for the truth."

Alaska Atty. Gen. Talis Colberg filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the seven, challenging the authority of those conducting the investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.

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