Gov. Mark Sanford has petitioned the State Supreme Court to step into an investigation into his travel spending. He wants the court to stop the Ethics Commission from sharing its findings early.
One of the questions that has arisen in this case is whether the governor signed away all of his rights to confidentiality in a letter he released to the public. His attorneys say he did not because there was correspondence –not publicly released until now –that protected him.
In a brief filed Oct 26 at the court’s request, Sanford’s legal team shares correspondence between them and SC Ethics Commission Director Hebert Hayden. They argue that these letters reveal that Sanford is protected until the investigation is final. The other parties in the matter, the Ethics Commission and the SC House of Representatives (the House was allowed to join the case) have until Friday, October 30 to file their briefs on the subject. The governor can then respond by Monday, November 2.
For more background, see previous SCRN story, SC Supreme Court questions Sanford waiver.