Ethics Commission: Press charges against Sanford
The South Carolina Ethics Commission says Governor Mark Sanford should be charged with breaking state laws. The state's Ethics Commission did not give any details beyond saying there's probable cause to charge the Governor with breaking laws. It's unclear whether those are state ethics laws or more serious criminal laws. The media investigated Sanford's travel records after he disappeared for five days in June to visit his mistress in Argentina. An Associated Press report suggested Sanford broke the law by taking expensive flights using taxpayer money and not reporting others. That prompted the state Ethics Commission to start its own investigation. Sanford wanted to make sure the panel's preliminary findings were kept secret as they usually are. But the South Carolina Supreme Court decided that needn't be the case. A number of South Carolina lawmakers have been waiting on the commission's findings to decide whether to go ahead with impeachment proceedings against Sanford.