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In the News, October 11th, 2008

Prosecutor Says Palin Abused her Power

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police", according to a state investigator's report c .

"Gov. Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," the report states.

The findings indicate that the Public Safety Commissioner refusal to fire her former brother-in-law, a State Trooper, the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Commissioner's dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to fire him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

According to the findings, Palin's efforts to get him fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.

Vote for Barack Osama?

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In an upstate New York county, voters have been sent absentee ballots in which they could vote for "Barack Osama."

The absentee ballots sent to voters in Rensselaer County identified the two presidential candidates as "Barack Osama" and "John McCain."

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O.J. not Guilty?

Lawyers for O.J. Simpson have filed a motion for a new trial, saying he was denied a fair hearing when two African-Americans were dismissed from the potential jury pool. An all white jury found Simpson guilty on October 3 on 12 counts related to a September 13, 2007, robbery involving sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel.

Jury members said at the time of his conviction on robbery and other charges that they relied mostly on audio and video evidence and very little on testimony from witnesses.

The jury of nine women and three men found Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart guilty of 12 charges, including conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, assault and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.

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