Evidently there was a messy divorce and Palin's family was upset with the trooper. The current question is whether she used her executive position to try and get even with the trooper. Last week, Palin hired an attorney to represent her in the matter. An attorney that could be reimbursed by the state for up to $95,000.
Yesterday, a Palin aide was scheduled to testify before the legislature anout the matter. But at the last minute, his attorney cancelled his appearance. The attorney said it was because they weren't sure the legislature had the juristiction to investigate. He thinks the matter should be heard instead by the state Personnel Board.
This is where the whole thing gets downright weird. Evidently the governor was starting to get worried by the legislature's investigation. So she filed charges against herself with the state's Personnel Board. Now her attorney is saying the legislature should stop it's investigation because the matter is before the Personnel Board.
Obviously, the governor thinks she has a better chance with the Personnel Board than the legislature, and she may be right. A state board is much more likely to be intimidated by a sitting governor (who probably has the authority to remove them from office).
Meanwhile, the ex-Commissioner showed the Washington Post several e-mails from the governor to him. He says it is proof of the governor's misuse of her executive powers.
This thing is really starting to get messy, and may well turn out to be a big embarrassment for the Republican ticket of McCain/Palin.