May 03, 2010

SC AG says no criminal charges against Gov. Sanford: “There is insufficient evidence to warrant crim

By CREW Staff

Today, the Attorney General of South Carolina announced there won't be any criminal charges against Governor Mark Sanford. From The State:

S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has cleared Gov. Mark Sanford of any criminal conduct for two trips to South America to meet his Argentine lover and, also, his use of state aircraft, upgraded airfare and campaign money.

The Attorney General’s office conducted a five-month investigation of Sanford, which included new interviews Sanford’s staff, Commerce Department officials, a Department of Natural Resources pilot and an attorney with the Republican Governors Association. The investigation followed a S.C. State Ethics Commission probe that resulted in 37 civil charges against the govenor.

Last month, CREW included Sanford on our list of the nation's Worst Governors. Our report on why Sanford earned that designation can be viewed here.


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