Troopergate Suits Tossed

Just moments before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the stage to debate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. in St. Louis, a judge in Anchorage ruled to allow the legislature's "Troopergate" probe to continue.

Judge Peter Michalski tossed two suits, one filed by Palin's attorney general and another by five Republican state lawmakers. One sought to dismiss subpoenas against several Palin aides; the other sought to halt or curtail the state legislature's probe into allegations Palin fired her former Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan, as part of a personal vendetta against a state trooper under Monegan's authority who had been involved in a messy divorce with her sister.

The legislature's investigation is still expected to wrap up on Oct. 10, as previously scheduled, but it now appears its findings will not have the benefit of interviews with the aides whose subpoenas had been questioned, according to the investigation's manager, Democratic State Sen. Hollis French.

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