Track Palin loses bid to ban media from assault case as he heads to trial for attacking his dad Todd

Track Palin will not be getting any special treatment when his criminal trial kicks off next week, with a judge ruling on Monday that members of the media will be allowed inside the court room.

The lawyer, who is representing Sarah Palin’s oldest child, filed a motion last month asking that Judge David Wallace ban the media from covering the trial and requesting that no filming be allowed in the courtroom.

Judge Wallace – who was appointed to the bench by the defendant’s mother when she served as governor – denied the motion but did agree to ban cameras and recording devices during the trial.

Track, 29, is facing one count of felony burglary and two misdemeanor charges for reckless endangerment and criminal mischief after attacking his father just days before Christmas. 

He is expected to enter his plea on Monday. 

Off-track: Track Palin (above on May 31) lost a motion to ban the media from attending his upcoming criminal trial but a judge has ruled that videos and camera phones will be banned

Hey ya: The case is currently in Anchorage's Veterans Court, after being transferred out of the Palmer County Court, with Judge David Wallace presiding  (Sarah and Todd Palin above in April)

Hey ya: The case is currently in Anchorage’s Veterans Court, after being transferred out of the Palmer County Court, with Judge David Wallace presiding (Sarah and Todd Palin above in April)

Patrick Bergt, who is representing Track, submitted the defense motion in May, writing: ‘Mr. Palin seeks to prohibit or limit the scope of the media’s access to his Veterans Court proceedings in the hopes that his case does not become a distraction to other veterans in the program.’

Judge Wallace responded on Monday with an order denying the motion in part.

‘By allowing media reporters in the courtroom it has satisfied any perceived notions that the court is not open to the public,’ wrote Judge Wallace. 

‘And, the media will be able to fulfill what it perceives is its obligation to the public in covering the hearings involving this defendant.’

He did, however, feel that cameras would be too much for Track and the other defendants that day given the intimacy of the setting. 

KTVA was one of the outlets who filed court papers requesting access to the proceedings ahead of the trial.  

The case is currently in the Anchorage’s Veterans Court, after being transferred out of the Palmer County Court. 

Veterans Court gives former service members the option of enrolling in mental health treatment programs instead of receiving a traditional sentence.

There are a few stipulations, however, with defendants agreeing to enter a plea of not guilty or no contest to at least one count.

It is required that defendants attend all hearings as well, and stay not just for their own but every other veteran who is appearing in front of the court that day. 

Any violation of the judge’s order also results in the defendant reverting back to a traditional jail sentence. 

Sarah Palin has alleged that her son was taking both pills and alcohol on the day of his arrest due to his PTSD.

An incident report that was included in the young man’s charging documents reveals that he broke into his family home through a window after being told by Todd he was not welcome, and then began to hit the man over the head.

Todd had tried to keep his son out by meeting him at the door and pointing a gun at him, but Track was able to disarm the man and ‘put him on the floor’ before beating him bloody.

Sarah told police her son, 28, was ‘freaking out and was on some type of medication.’

After Track assaulted his father, a bloody Todd fled the home followed by Sarah, and Track engaged in a brief standoff with police.

‘Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further,’ said Sarah and Todd’s lawyer John Tiemessen.

‘They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.’

Happier times: Track is pictured back in 2008 when he attended the Republican National Convention alongside his mom

Happier times: Track is pictured back in 2008 when he attended the Republican National Convention alongside his mom

Track was kept in a detention facility for five days after his arrest, before being released on bail. 

‘Track stood on the porch,’ wrote Officer Adam LaPointe of the Wasilla Police Department.

‘Communication was attempted which failed due to Track yelling and calling myself and other officers peasants and telling us to lay our guns on the ground before approaching the residence.’

He then went inside the house before reappearing on the roof of the garage so he could get a look around the entire property, according to Office LaPointe.

After that Track again when into the house, where he remained for approximately 15 minutes before reestablishing communication with police.

Track then turned himself over to police, admitting he had a few beers earlier in the night and had gotten into a argument with his father over the use of a car.

‘Track said he had been talking to his dad, Todd, about a vehicle,’ reads the report.

‘Track stated he had a disagreement and that there had been threats made between them. Track stated that he then drove over to Todd’s house and when he arrived Todd had a gun in his hand,’ reads Officer LaPointe’s sworn affidavit.

When Track then looked through the window next to the door he saw ‘Todd point a gun at him.’

The eldest son of Sarah and Todd then told his father to shoot him several times before deciding to break a window in order to enter the home.

‘Track stated that he went through the broken window and disarmed Todd and put him on the ground,’ states the affidavit.

‘While Track had Todd on the ground he started hitting Todd in the head. Todd was able to get away from Track and out of the residence.’

The Iraq combat veteran was previously taken into custody by police in Wasilla back in January of 2016 after officers arrived at the Palin family home and found his girlfriend cowering under a bed.

According to the unidentified woman, an intoxicated Track attacked her and pointed an AR-15 rifle at his own head as they argued over her ex-boyfriend and screamed he was going to shoot himself, shouting, ‘do you think I’m a p—y? and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’

The police report stated that the victim was seen with ‘bruising and swelling around her left eye’ claiming that Track had thrown her phone away when she tried to call 911.

This all happened at Sarah’s Wasilla home as well according to court documents, and Track had a 0.189 blood alcohol level according to police.

‘I observed that the male had a visible injury to his right eye and the area around his eye,’ wrote Officer Andrew Kappler at the time.

‘His eyes were bloodshot and I detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person. Upon contacting Palin, he was uncooperative, belligerent, and evasive with my initial line of questions.’

Officers tried to ask the veteran why 911 was dialled by the woman and where she was.

‘Palin stated that he didn’t know where she was and denied that there was a firearm involved, but did state that there were several spread throughout the residence,’ Kappler wrote in his report.

‘Due to Palin’s escalating hostility, the unknown whereabouts of the female 911 caller, and Officer safety, Palin was placed into handcuffs.’

It was then that officers went into Sarah Palin’s family home and discovered the girl under the bed, crying and hiding.

‘She and her boyfriend of one year, Track Palin, left a different residence together and were arguing the whole way home,’ Kappler wrote. ‘Once they got to his home they argued in the car, then in the driveway. They were screaming and he was calling her names.’

The woman told police that while she had not yet called 911, she had lied to Track and said she had to scare him off.

Apparently this did not work.

‘Palin approached (his girlfriend) and struck her on the left side of her head near her eye with a closed fist,’ wrote Kappler in the report.

The argument got out of control and Track allegedly reached for his AR-15 rifle and began threatening suicide.

Track’s girlfriend ran out of the house after the young man started ‘holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a p—y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it?’

‘(She) stated Palin ‘cocked the gun’ and was holding the rifle out next to him with his right hand near the trigger and his left hand near the barrel, with the barrel just away from his face pointed to the side,’ states the detailed police report.

‘(She) was concerned that he would shoot himself and ran outside and around the house. She didn’t see where Palin went, so she went inside and up the stairs, where she hid under a bed.’

Police reported that (she) had bruising around her left eye and appeared to have an injury on her knee.

Track told police the argument began after he learned she had been speaking with an ex-boyfriend.

The two had been to dinner and then visited his sister Bristol’s home earlier in the night before the argument began at his mother Sarah’s home.

He also claims that the woman elbowed him during the fight, but she was not arrested or charged with any crime.