ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) â€” Six Alaska lawmakers filed an emergency appeal Friday asking the state’s Supreme Court to halt an investigation into abuse-of-power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin before the findings are released next week.
The independent investigator conducting the probe plans to turn over his conclusions by next Friday to the Legislative Council, the body that authorized it. The six Republican lawmakers, who are not on the Legislative Council, claim the investigation is being manipulated to damage Palin before Election Day on Nov. 4.
Late Friday, the Supreme Court accepted the appeal and scheduled oral arguments for Wednesday in Anchorage.
Of note, Palin appointed one of the five justices back in 2007, so that could be one vote in her favor right there.
So then…why would they go to this much trouble to stop something that’s going to turn up nothing? There should be no problem here. And would the Supreme Court actually stop an investigation from releasing its findings because it had the potential to hurt Palin’s election chances? Because what they’re claiming specifically is that if the report is released “the plaintiffs and Alaskans will suffer irreparable harm.”
I’m sorry, but what do Alaskan citizens have ANYTHING to do with this?
So, seems like an incredibly flimsy argument, right?
Well, we don’t have to look any further than Bush v. Gore to find out where it came from.
That’s right…this is pretty much the exact same argument Scalia used when explaining his 2000 decision to halt the recounts in Florida. And I quote…
“irreparable harm to [Bush], and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election.”
More as it develops…