Despite the McCain campaign’s most earnest efforts to squash the Troopergate investigation after Sarah Palin had initially welcomed the probe, the party’s back on!

Judge Peter Michalski on Thursday threw out the lawsuit filed by five Republican state legislators who claimed the investigation had been manipulated by Palin enemies who wanted to produce a damaging report just weeks before Election Day. Their attorney, Kevin Clarkson, said the legislative body that ordered the investigation had exceeded its authority.

But Michalski agreed with defense attorney Peter Maassen, who argued that the Legislature has broad authority to investigate the governor. The mere appearance of impropriety does not mean any individual’s right to fairness was violated, Michalski wrote in his decision.


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