House asks SC high court to force report release

Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 12:30 PM
Last updated 12:36 PM
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COLUMBIA – The South Carolina House is asking the state Supreme Court to order the State Ethics Commission to turn over details of an investigation into Gov. Mark Sanford when it becomes available.

The House today joined the fray over the investigative report that Mr. Sanford has told the court should not be released to the lawmakers.

The commission's staff had until noon today to respond to arguments by Mr. Sanford's lawyers. The governor's lawyers say a report the agency is working on can only be shared with those who prosecute crimes and the House doesn't have that authority.

The House told the court it has the sole authority under the state constitution to prosecute an impeachment and is therefore entitled to the report.

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