updated 10/3/2008 8:15:51 PM ET 2008-10-04T00:15:51

Five Republican lawmakers have filed an emergency appeal to Alaska's Supreme Court in an attempt to halt an investigation into abuse of power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin before the findings are released next week.

An independent investigator is conducting the probe into whether Palin acted improperly in firing former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The investigator, Steven Branchflower, plans to turn over his findings to the Legislative Council by next Friday.

An Anchorage judge on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit by the five Republican lawmakers. They claim the investigation into the matter, dubbed "Troopergate," is being manipulated to damage Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, before Election Day.

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