Stanislaus County DA: No charges in Palin document flap

Investigators with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office found no evidence of wrongdoing — on either side — in the discovery of documents associated with Sarah Palin’s June 25 visit to California State University, Stanislaus.

In a release dated Wednesday but issued Friday, District Attorney Birgit Fladager said university police had asked her office for help looking into a complaint that documents had been illegally taken from the office of Susana Gajic-Bruyea, the Vice President for University Advancement and the executive officer of the university’s private Foundation Board.

Two students claimed to have found the documents with shredded papers in a university Dumpster; Stanislaus officials said they were taken from a recycling bin inside.

The District Attorney’s office conducted its own investigation to eliminate any concerns of a potential conflict of interest on the part of university police, the release said.

Students Ashli Lewis and Alicia Briggs, who took the papers to a state senator’s office and later turned them over to Attorney General Jerry Brown, declined to be interviewed.

The release concludes, “After a thorough examination of the facts of the case, there is no evidence to suggest that CSUS staff purposely tried to dispose of the documents. In addition, it could not be determined if a crime had actually been committed or who might have committed it.”

Brown is conducting his own investigation into the Foundation and whether it destroyed documents related to the $500-per-ticket fund-raiser featuring the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate, set as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.