Judge denies motion in lawsuit against former Gov. Palin

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has denied a motion to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin violated the plaintiffs' constitutional rights by failing to issue a proclamation in 2007 for a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess issued the ruling this week.

Plaintiffs Gregory Charles Royal of Washington, D.C., and Eagle River resident Kim Chatman filed their motion in January, saying they had just learned the Juneteenth proclamation was issued - as required by state law - retroactively just before Palin's resignation last July.

Chatman filed an ethics complaint last year that alleged Palin misused the governor's office for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits and receiving improper gifts through a legal defense fund. The case has not been publicly resolved.

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