Ex-governor Sarah Palin stands accused of the federal crime of attempted bribery in addition to violating the Alaskan constitution, in connection to a lawsuit previously filed against Palin. The Plaintiffs, who filed the amendment to their original lawsuit in federal court on Aug 3, 2009, allege that Palin offered state funds and support of legislation to third parties in exchange for those parties convincing Plaintiffs to drop their original lawsuit in federal or state court.
Palin denied service when served on July 13, 2009 forcing plaintiffs to file affidavits of service (Republicans have become artful dodgers of process servers and subpoenae, no?).
In light of the racist undertones of Palin’s rallies, followers, and movement (for lack of a better term), the fact that the original lawsuit regards Palin’s refusal to sign the Juneteenth Proclamation is not exactly shocking. I mean, this is the woman recently dubbed “the poster face of racism” by Chris Matthews. A woman Frank Schaeffer accused tonight of deliberately stirring the racist, evangelical, angry and misinformed into acts of violence. A pause to recall her rallies.
In 2001, Alaska signed into law the “Juneteenth Day” Holiday, a measure commemorating the end of slavery and honoring African-Americans. African Americans and Asians make up 10 percent of Alaska’s population, while Native Americans (Inuits) are the dominant ethnic minority at 20 percent. Alaskan law specifies that the “governor shall issue a proclamation observing the day.”
Jazz musician and America’s Hot Musician judge Gregory Charles Royal filed their original federal lawsuit against Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin in March of 2009. Their original complaint also stems from a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 7, 2008 by Royal who claimed Palin made a racially disparaging comment to him back in 1990 while touring Alaska with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. During that press conference, several representatives of the Juneteenth celebration in Alaska spoke to reporters about their concerns regarding then Governor Palin’s race relations in Alaska.
Gwen Alexander, founder of the Juneteenth celebration in Anchorage, posted a message on the Daily Kos, saying, “While meeting with black leaders concerning the absence of any African-Americans on her staff, Gov. Palin responded that she doesn’t have to hire any blacks and was not intending to hire any.”
Palin has denied making that statement, but it is often repeated by African American Alaskans. The co-directors of the Anchorage, AK celebration released the following statement:
“As for Governor Sarah Palin’s involvement in the African-American community, the Governor’s office hasn’t participated in any of our Alaska Juneteenth Events,” the statement said. “All previous Alaskan governors have traditionally attended and participated in our annual Juneteenth Celebration. Gov. Palin was the first governor not to send out a congratulatory letter or assist us in any way with our Juneteenth activities.”
Palin refused to issue the proclamation for 2007 retroactively and also refused to issue a public apology for her failure to carry out her ministerial duties.
The lawsuit also clarified that Palin’s failure to sign the proclamation was not a “clerical” error on Palin’s part, but “a continued defiance and refusal to execute the law once it was discovered that the alleged “error” took place.”
As Kathleen Parker recently noted, “”the GOP is fast becoming regionalized below the Mason-Dixon line and increasingly associated with some of the South’s worst ideas.” Noting the prevalence of “Birther” sympathies in the South, she concluded: “Southern Republicans, it seems, have seceded from sanity.””
Tonight, Palin jumped the racism shark with her Facebook Comment, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
Yes, Sarah. Your base heard you: The evil Hilter black man is coming for the white lady’s baby. Based on their recent response of apparently threatening to kill a blogger who dared to report a rumor on Palin’s divorce at the kindergarten where he worked (after emailing and calling his employer to claim the blogger was a pedophile) and the angry, sick claims of Letterman “mouth raping” children, we should all lock our doors and turn off the TV until she goes away. Oh, and just avoid anything remotely resembling pedophilia and rape. So, that means, don’t speak to a child or about a child. Just don’t do it. Trust me.
This was Palin’s siren call to the racist, evangelical nut jobs. The armed ones.
Too bad Atticus Finch isn’t here to set things right.
Although it appears that perhaps the Federal Court will, because it isn’t the original crime, but the cover up that catches the most slipery of corrupt politicians. Attempted bribery by an elected official, using state funds, you say in your civil complaint?
I do believe that’s a federal crime. We’ll see what kind of evidence they have.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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