July 17, 2009
Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Sarah Palin want a judge to declare that the Alaska governor broke state law when she failed to issue a proclamation for a 2007 celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.
Plaintiff Gregory Charles Royal, a Washington, D.C., musician, says plaintiffs also seek a retroactive proclamation for the 2007 Juneteenth celebration from Palin or -- with her July 26 resignation pending -- from the governor's office.
A motion for a default judgment filed Friday says Palin failed to answer the allegations by the June 19 deadline.
Margaret Paton-Walsh, an assistant attorney general, says no deadline was missed because the plaintiffs did not properly serve all the correct state entities initially.
The Alaska Legislature had passed a measure that directs the governor to issue a proclamation to commemorate the day.