2008 Répondez Subpoena Vous Plaît
posted by September 19 at 10:30 AMon
Todd Palin, the husband of the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, has refused to testify in a legislative inquiry into whether Ms. Palin or members of her administration abused their power in the dismissal of a top state administrator, a spokesman said Thursday.
Mr. Palin, one of 13 people served with subpoenas in the inquiry, is a close adviser to his wife and is at the center of the controversy over the firing in July of Walt Monegan, then the public safety commissioner.
Ed O’Callaghan, a spokesman for the McCain-Palin campaign here, said that Mr. Palin would not testify and that he had filed “objections to the validity of the subpoena” with the independent investigator leading the inquiry for the Legislature, Stephen E. Branchflower, a former Anchorage prosecutor.
So do we all get to make are own judgment calls about subpoenas now? Are they, in the wake of Bush administration, merely invitations for testimony and/or evidence, and is honoring a subpoena entirely left to the discretion of the person served with the subpoena? Do subpoenas come with RSVP cards now? If I were to be served with a subpoena could I just shrug and say, “Hey, I have objections to the validity of this here subpoena!” and get away with it?