10/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Judge Warned Palin: Stop Harassing Trooper, Like "Child Abuse"

An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop "disparaging" the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing a bitter separation and divorce from Palin's sister Molly.

Allegations that Palin, her husband Todd, and at least one top gubernatorial aide continued to vilify Wooten--after Palin became Alaska's governor and pressured state police officials to take action against him--are at the center of "Troopergate," a political and ethical controversy which has embroiled Palin's administration and is currently the subject of an official inquiry by a special investigator hired by the state legislature.

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