The South Carolina Supreme Court has reiterated its ruling that supporting documents are to be made public in the State Ethics Commission investigation of the governor’s travel. The court agrees with the SC House that because Sanford waived his right to privacy, the public can now see all of the support materials made available to him.
The court released its opinion late Wednesday:
This Court’s opinion of November 5, 2009, unambiguously supports the Speaker’s position.1 We therefore order the Commission to immediately make public all documents provided to the Governor during the course of its investigation in the underlying matter.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell sought clarification from the state’s highest court after it ruled that the governor had authorized the release of documents in the ethics investigation. The justices were definitive in this. Harrell spoke to SCRN’s Ashley Byrd late Wednesday.
(House Speaker Bobby Harrell interview 4:40 MP3)
Pre-impeachment proceedings continue Thursday, December 3 for a State House subcommittee. The seven-member panel is using the Ethics Commission’s 1300-page report to determine if Gov. Mark Sanford’s personal use of state planes and campaign contributions warrant impeachment. Sanford’s attorney’s assert that none of the ethics charges amount to an impeachable offense.