Palin's husband refuses to testify in probe

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin\'s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife\'s alleged abuse of power, and key lawmakers said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. Palin\'s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday.

"The objections boil down to the fact that the Legislative Council investigation is no longer a legitimate investigation because it has been subjected to complete partisanship and does not operate with the authority that it had at the time of its initial authorization,\" McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O\'Callaghan said.