The Associated Press claims that outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be found guilty of violating her state's ethics rules, citing a report leaked from the State Personnel Board on one of the 19 ethics complaints filed against her.
Couple that with this report from KTUU TV yesterday:
The filer of an ethics complaint that led an independent investigator to conclude there is probable cause of ethics violations by Gov. Sarah Palin told Channel 2 News on Tuesday she did not leak the confidential report to the media, contrary to a statement made by Palin's lawyer.
Kim Chatman told Channel 2 she was not The Associated Press' source for the report, which details how the investigator came to his conclusion that the fund established to help Palin pay her legal fees is likely in violation of state ethics laws.
Yesterday and today, both Palin attorney Thomas van Flein and Palin legal fund trustee Kristan Cole have gotten themselves onto some very thin ice, by pointing rather strenuously toward the investigator and the complainant as likely leakers. Although I'm not sure whether van Flein has crossed some ethical line regarding attorneys' statements, it becomes more clear every day that we are probably pointed toward a scenario that will force Sarah Palin to be deposed, and possibly have to testify in a civil proceeding, some time within the next year, under oath.