At an earlier point in my legal career, I handled a few divorces and a lot of DSS cases before I decided that I wasn’t cut out for it. I saw plenty of cases where clients and family members had no sense of boundaries and needed serious help with anger-management issues. I didn’t have to worry that my clients might end up a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the Oval Office…. http://www.newsweek.com/id/158140
Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers’ union about how Sarah Palin-then a private citizen-and members of her family, including her father and daughter, lodged up to a dozen complaints against Wooten with the state police. The union official told the judge that he had never before been asked to appear as a divorce-case witness, that the union believed family complaints against Wooten were “not job-related,” and that Wooten was being “harassed” by Palin and other family members.
Court documents show that Judge Suddock was disturbed by the alleged attacks by Palin and her family members on Wooten’s behavior and character. “Disparaging will not be tolerated-it is a form of child abuse,” the judge told a settlement hearing in October 2005, according to typed notes of the proceedings. The judge added: “Relatives cannot disparage either. If occurs [sic] the parent needs to set boundaries for their relatives.”
What did Palin do when she got elected — uh, huh…. turned that abusive private behavior into abusive public behavior — Troopergate.