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Father in Palin stalking case wants restraining order dismissed, says his rights were violated

Posted: July 20, 2011 - 9:43pm

ANCHORAGE — A Pennsylvania man is asking an Alaska court to dissolve a restraining order against him from Sarah Palin, saying a state magistrate denied his right of due process.

Craig Christy is the father of 19-year-old Shawn Christy, who is accused of stalking the former Alaska governor, 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and possible GOP presidential candidate.

In May, Magistrate Jonathon Lack extended a six-month restraining order against Shawn Christy and issued one against Craig Christy, who was accused of leaving Palin’s parents a barrage of harassing phone messages.

In a request filed last week to dissolve his restraining order, Craig Christy says 32 days passed from the time Palin was granted a 20-day restraining order to the time the long-term order was granted.

There is no provision in state for extending short-term orders in such a way, Craig Christy’s wife, Karen Christy, said Wednesday.

“Hearings must be held within the 20 days,” she said. The family does not have an attorney.

Lack is preparing a response to be submitted to a presiding judge in the matter, a judicial assistant of the magistrate said.

Palin’s attorney, John Tiemessen, declined to comment on Craig Christy’s filing.

Shawn Christy also wants his order dissolved, saying he had no involvement in a letter threatening Palin’s teenage daughter Willow that was submitted as evidence against him earlier this year.

In a letter submitted to Lack with last week’s filing, Craig Christy also notes Palin’s recent purchase of a part-time home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He says he wants Palin to release the address so a support group called “Stand Strong Shawn Christy” will “not violate any protective order if we are protesting or campaigning in Scottsdale, AZ.”

Craig Christy also alleges a conflict of interest by the magistrate, saying Lack is a former staffer of late former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and that Palin “photographed multiple times” with him during her political career.

Palin and a friend, Kristan Cole, originally obtained restraining orders against Shawn Christy last year, stating in court documents that he threatened them, said he was buying a one-way ticket to Alaska and sent a receipt for a gun purchase.

Palin also has said she feared Christy’s parents because they believe she and the teen traded sexual messages two years ago.

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