Sarah Palin’s son, accused of abuse of father, looks to bar media from court proceedings

Track Palin, son of Sarah Palin, is shown in the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008.

(Associated Press)

The oldest son of the former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is looking to bar the media for the hearings after he was accused of abuse of his father last year at the family home in Alaska.

Track Palin’s lawyer filed a motion Friday to ban or restrict media access to the proceedings in the Veterans Court, including a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, to ensure that the matter is not to be a distraction from other veterans in the system.

The lawyer, Patrick Store, said he also intends to submit a request next week the formal transfer of the case to the Veterans Court – in the context of Alaska’s therapeutic court system.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin arrive for a celebration for evangelist Billy Graham’s 95th birthday in Asheville, N. C., Nov. 8, 2013.


Track Palin served in the army for one year in 2008 during the Iraq War. Sarah Palin has suggested that the Track attack might be related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Track Palin was arrested in December after his mother told authorities her son was on a kind of medication and “freaking out.”

A police statement says father Todd Palin was bleeding from the head cut. He told the police the dispute began when his son called to pick up his truck from the Plane’ home in Wasilla.

According to the affidavit, Todd Palin said he told Track Palin not to come to the house but that his son said that he would come anyway to beat him. Todd Palin told the police he got his gun “to protect his family.”

Track Palin told the police that he broke a window, disarmed his father, and set him on the ground.

When police arrived, Track Palin yelled at officers, calling them the farmers, and “moves in a strange way” before they are arrested without incident, a Wasilla police affidavit says.

Track Palin pleaded not guilty in January to felony burglary charges in the incident. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of assault and criminal mischief.

The judge overseeing the attack case, Anchorage district Court Judge David Wallace, who was appointed to the bench by Sarah Palin when she was governor of Alaska. An interview with the Associated Press, to ask if Wallace planned to recuse himself because of that connection was not returned.

Alaska law allows a prosecutor or defense to pre-empt a specific right of supervision on a case if they deem it necessary, Anchorage-based media lawyer John McKay told the AP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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