Palin: Not Free Yet

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On Tuesday, I reported that a new ethics complaint has been filed against Sarah Palin, who last week announced she was resigning as governor partly because of all the ethics complaints she has had to confront. In that posting, I glibly noted that ethics watchdogs in Alaska only had three weeks left during which they could pursue Palin. But that’s not so. Andree McLeod, one of those watchdogs, sent me a portion of the Alaska state ethics act: 

A violation of this chapter may be investigated within two years after discovery of the alleged violation.

So when–if?–Palin gives up the governorship on July 26, she will not be out of the woods. The ethics-chasers of her state will have 24 more months to submit additional complaints.

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