Group wants Alaska AG removed from office

Chris Rizo Oct. 2, 2008, 11:42am

Talis Colberg (R)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-A newly formed group is seeking to force Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg from office because of his handling of the abuse of power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin.

Alaskans for Truth says it has collected about 2,000 signatures, including 1,200 from Alaskans, asking for Colberg, who is a Palin appointee, to be replaced.

Organizers delivered the signatures to Palin's office Wednesday. Palin is the Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee.

Separately, the attorney general and state lawmakers are investigating whether Palin and several top aides pressured Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Trooper Mike Wooten, who was engaged in a bitter divorce and child custody dispute with Palin's sister.

Alaskans for Truth says Colberg should not have questioned subpoenas issued to state employees as part of the investigation.

Colberg is suing to quash the subpoenas of seven state workers. He has advised the governor's staff that they need not comply with the orders.

"We're basically asking for Talis Colberg's removal in whatever form is appropriate," Linda Kellen Biegel of Alaskans for Truth was quoted by KTUU-TV as saying Wednesday.

Palin had initially said she'd cooperate with the Legislature's investigation, telling lawmakers to hold her accountable. But that position changed after she was tapped by U.S. Sen. John McCain to be his running mate.

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