Colberg receives ethics complaint against Palin over Juneteenth snub

Chris Rizo Oct. 16, 2008, 12:48pm

Sarah Palin (R)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Legal Newsline)-A complaint was filed this week with Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg over the governor's failure to make a required annual Juneteenth Proclamation.

The complaint was filed Wednesday by jazz musician Gregory Charles Royal, who claims state law required Gov. Sarah Palin to make the Juneteenth Proclamation in honor of the freeing of the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

Twenty-nine states honor the day. In Alaska, the law specifies that the "governor shall issue a proclamation observing the day."

Royal says when Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, did not make the Juneteenth proclamation in 2007 in celebration of the emancipation proclamation she violated the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act, the same law that Palin was found in violation of in the so-called Troopergate scandal last week.

"Governor Palin withheld this action consistent with her personal interests, i.e., a demonstrative attitude, agenda and or ideology which promotes indifference toward African American people and culture in the state of Alaska," Royal said in the nine-page complaint.

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