A bipartisan Alaska legislative panel voted to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin's husband in a probe into whether she improperly tried to fire a state trooper involved in a divorce with her sister.
Over the objections of Gov. Palin, the Judiciary Committee also decided to issue subpoenas for a dozen other witnesses, most of them current or former members of her administration. Additionally, the independent investigator looking into the allegation told lawmakers he had reason to suspect that the governor's staff had pressured a private state contractor to deny a workman's compensation claim filed by the state trooper, Mike Wooten.
Gov. Palin's lawyer has threatened to file a lawsuit on behalf of some witnesses, blocking their compliance with the subpoenas.