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Palin Emails Show Upset at 'Frivolous Suits' and Personal Legal Bills


Sarah Palin complained about “frivolous suits” and mounting legal bills in the months before she resigned from her position as Alaska’s governor in July 2009, according to emails released on Thursday.

“I can’t take it anymore,” Palin wrote her husband in April 2009. The Associated Press reports on the emails showing Palin’s increasing dissatisfaction.

Palin complained to aides that she became the target of “many frivolous suits and charges” after she became John McCain’s running mate, the AP story says. And she worried about a personal legal tab of $500,000 to defend 15 ethics complaints. The mounting bills forced Palin’s husband to return to work in the North Slope oil fields.

“We’ve all had to pay for our OWN legal defense in this political bloodsport—it’s horrendous—why do you think Todd is on the slope today?” Palin wrote. “I am paying to defend in my capacity as GOVERNOR—actions taken in my official position. This is unheard of anywhere else.”

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