After two weeks of legal back and forth, the S.C. Supreme Court is now set to decide if Gov. Mark Sanford can shield from House lawmakers an investigative report looking into the governor's travel.
Sanford's attorneys argued Monday the State Ethics Commission and House of Representatives failed to prove the governor chose to waive confidentiality and release a preliminary investigative report.
The brief is the final in a series requested by the South Carolina Supreme Court as it decides whether or not the Ethics Commission can turn over the results of its investigation to lawmakers considering impeaching Sanford. The governor has argued releasing the report, which would include charges against Sanford but not his defense, would violate his due process rights.
The Ethics Commission is reviewing Sanford's use of state planes and other public resources. A news media review of Sanford's travels was prompted by the governor's five-day June disappearance to Argentina and his later admission of an extramarital affair.
The court asked the House, State Ethics Commission and Sanford's attorneys to debate whether the governor broadly waved confidentiality in the ethics probe -- including the preliminary report -- in an Aug. 28 letter to the commission. Subjects of an ethics investigation are entitled to privacy under S.C. law while an investigation is under way.
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