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The running mate of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been found guilty of an abuse of power, according to a state legislature probe.
Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin was accused of sacking a senior state official over a family feud.
The report could have an impact on Republican hopes of winning next month's US presidential election.
"I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110 (a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act," investigator Steve Branchflower concluded in the panel's 263-page report.