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Justices affirm governor's ethics probe is public

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court has affirmed its ruling that an ethics investigation into Gov. Mark Sanford's travel must be made public.

The Supreme Court in an opinion issued Wednesday ordered the State Ethics Commission to release all documents related to its probe.

Sanford's lawyers had tried keep an ethics report from being released to lawmakers mulling impeachment.

The court decision appears to be moot: The commission has already shared its Sanford report. And the lawmakers discussing impeachment are holding their third hearing Thursday.

The investigation began after Sanford returned from a five-day tryst with an Argentine lover in June that prompted Associated Press investigations into his travel practices.

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