Alaska Lieutenant Governor Wants to Stop Ethics Case Leaks
July 23, 2009 - 5:14 PMLt. Gov. Sean Parnell is asking the Alaska attorney general to recommend ways to stop people from leaking confidential information in ethics investigations.
Parnell's request Thursday came two days after a report by an independent investigator looking into a complaint against Gov. Sarah Palin and her legal defense fund was leaked to The Associated Press.
The investigator found there is probable cause that Palin's endorsement of the fund violated ethics rules. Palin and her lawyer have said the matter is still pending.
Parnell says that if public officials are "tried and convicted" in the press, the executive branch is at risk. He says there must be "respect for the law" in ethics investigations.
Parnell will become governor Sunday upon Palin's resignation.
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