Lawmakers ask judge to block Troopergate probe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A judge in Alaska is considering arguments to block a state Legislature investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner.

Five GOP legislators on Thursday asked Anchorage Judge Peter Michalski to issue a temporary restraining order. They say the investigation has been tainted by partisan politics.

Michalski listened to arguments by both sides but did not immediately rule.

An independent investigator hired by the state is expected to have a report completed next week.

The probe is looking into whether Palin, now the Republican nominee for vice president, and others pressured Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper who is her ex-brother-in-law.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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