Sanford to Supreme Court: Keep investigation out of Legislature

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lawyers representing Gov. Mark Sanford in an ethics investigation are asking the state Supreme Court to keep the probe out of the hands of a Legislature expected to consider impeaching him.

Sanford lawyer Kevin Hall said Wednesday papers were filed with the court that would force the State Ethics Commission to keep its investigation secret until after it decides whether Sanford's broke laws by using state planes for personal and political purposes.

In August, Sanford said the commission could release its complaint against him.

Sanford contends the commission wants to give lawmakers an early report on the investigation. Ethics Director Herb Hayden said Wednesday that will not happen.