SC Supreme Court sets date for ethics arguments

The South Carolina Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in Gov. Sanford’s case against Ethics Commission for October 19 at 2:30 p.m.
The South Carolina House is now a party to a Supreme Court lawsuit initiated by the governor. Monday, House Speaker Bobby Harrell asked the court to allow them to intervene in the case.
House Speaker Harrell says he is frustrated with the governor’s position,”It’s important that this be an open process. The governor said that it should be, just a few weeks ago. Now apparently he’s changed his mind and is attempting to close the process. The request I made of the Supreme Court is that they not allow him to close the process.”
Harrell is referencing the governor’s choice to waive confidentiality in the Ethics Commission probe into his travel spending and disappearance for six days in the summer. He was in Argentina visiting his mistress.
Lawmakers say that the Commission’s investigation would be the basis to impeach —or not impeach the governor.