Gov. Sanford's lawyers facing noon deadline in ethics case

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 6:21 AM
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COLUMBIA — Gov. Mark Sanford's lawyers face a noon deadline to file final arguments in a case the state Supreme Court will take up that would keep a state panel from sharing a report about the governor with the House.

Today's deadline comes as the court agreed to take the case and hear oral arguments on Oct. 19.

Sanford's lawyers argue the House, which is considering possible impeachment, has no authority to act as a prosecutor and therefore can't get a copy of the State Ethics Commission report.

The investigation should be completed by the end of the month. The commission would then decide if Sanford's use of state planes for personal and political purposes and other issues broke state law.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/09 - 08:25 am
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The way I understand

The way I understand impeachment of a public official, the House is in the role of the grand jury and they examine evidence dredged up into police files. Only after the House draws up articles of impeachment does the matter move over to the Senate for trial. So, Sanford's lawyers have a point.

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 10/06/09 - 09:05 am
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Why doesn't this low-life

Why doesn't this low-life have the integrity to resign, like Gov. Spitzer in New York did?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/09 - 09:12 am
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He is a short-timer, since he

He is a short-timer, since he is term-limited. Resignation would only give an advantage to the Lt. Gov. in the next race. Far better it is for Sanford to hang tough and serve out the term so that the next governor's race will be open with no incumbent advantage.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/06/09 - 09:25 am
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Senator Ensign too is an

Senator Ensign too is an adulterer, and ethics violater. How can these bad people stay in office? They do no real good for their jurisdictions & constituents.

disssman
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disssman 10/06/09 - 09:58 am
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Another reason why we must

Another reason why we must continue to elect people from the lawyers pool to be our representatives in government.

hoppy
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hoppy 10/06/09 - 10:09 am
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While I'm strongly against

While I'm strongly against adultery, that's not a reason to get rid of a governor. Do we fire CEOs and other business men when they have affairs? No, so why the governor. I'm mad at Sanford for his actions and I'm tired of hearing about the "soul mate", but they don't have grounds to impeach based on that. He used the plane no differently than other governors have. Why wait for his affair to investigate plane usage? Why isn't that monitored regularly/annually?

ispy4u
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ispy4u 10/06/09 - 10:29 am
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You all are a joke.

You all are a joke. LittleLamb, stick to fairy tales. All you are concerned with is who may have a political advantage in an election?If your party is the answer, it does not matter who is in office.

Getoverit2
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Getoverit2 10/06/09 - 10:29 am
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He makes me sick everytime I

He makes me sick everytime I see him. No matter what he has to say - he is a zero. Get out you stealing easy zipper.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 10/06/09 - 10:38 am
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Why impeach him!!Seems like

Why impeach him!!Seems like all the others have stayed in and not been impeached, so why Sanford. The one that should have been impeached was the one with the intern under his desk.

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