Sarah Palin was found guilty of violating Alaskan ethics laws last October. Today, Talis Colberg, the Alaskan attorney general and a key figure in the "Troopergate" abuse-of-power investigation of Sarah Palin, resigned.
Mr Colberg had recently been censured by Alaskan politicians over his handling of the investigation into allegations that the former Republican vice presidential candidate abused her power as state governor.
A small-time lawyer before he was appointed to the post by Mrs Palin in 2006, Mr Colberg was criticised for trying to block subpoenas to state officials during the inquiry.
He claimed he had simply advised them of their options and had unsuccessfully challenged the subpoenas in court.
"I determined that it was in the best interest of the state of Alaska to move on and pursue other opportunities," he said in a statement on Tuesday issued by Mrs Palin's office. [..]
The Alaska Legislative Council voted unanimously last October to release a report that found that Mrs Palin violated the public trust through abuse of power.
Last Friday, in a 16-1 vote the Alaska Senate found Todd Palin and nine state employees in contempt for ignoring subpoenas to testify in the Legislature's Troopergate investigation. Colberg represented seven of those nine employees. He was appointed to the post of Alaska Attorney General by Sarah Palin in 2006.
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