First on CNN: Sanford warned about trespassing in 2011
April 17th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Sanford warned about trespassing in 2011

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has engaged in a "pattern" of trespassing on his ex-wife's property since their divorce and was even issued a warning about the matter by her attorney two years ago, according to court documents related to the incident.

The Associated Press reported late Tuesday that Sanford, who is currently the Republican nominee for Congress in South Carolina's First District, has been ordered to appear in court on May 9 after his ex-wife Jenny complained that he trespassed on her Sullivan's Island property. Under the terms of their 2010 divorce, neither party can enter the other's home without permission.

Jenny Sanford later confirmed the incident, which occurred on Feb. 3, three weeks after Mark Sanford announced his House campaign. She told CNN that "this is a private matter" and offered no further comment.

Mark Sanford said in a statement Wednesday he was simply watching the Super Bowl with one of his sons, and could not get in touch with Jenny Sanford beforehand.

But a closer examination of the court documents, obtained by CNN on Wednesday, suggests that Mark Sanford has repeatedly entered Jenny Sanford's beachfront home on Sullivan's Island without permission.

Mark Sanford has "entered into a pattern of entering onto Plaintiff's property, both at her former and current residences, without her permission and against her wishes," according to a complaint filed in Charleston County family court on March 21. It asks that Mark Sanford be held in contempt of court.

Jenny Sanford has informed Mark Sanford "on a number of occasions that this behavior is in violation of the court's order, and has demanded that it not occur again," the complaint reads. The document does not include details about previous trespassing accusations.

CNN has also obtained a "formal notice" sent to Mark in Feb. 2011 by Jenny Sanford's attorney, Deena Smith McRackan, warning him not to enter the Sullivan's Island residence without permission.

"This is a formal notice not to trespass on her property," McRackan wrote to the former governor. "[Jenny Sanford] intends to enforce any violation of thus request by resort to either the Family Court in a contempt action or a criminal charge for trespass, or both."

She continued, "I am sorry it has come to this, but Jenny tried to impress upon you the importance of honoring her wishes. She was not successful, so has no choice but to rely on her rights under the law."

McRackan also filed a copy of the trespass letter with the chief of police in Sullivan's Island on April 21, 2011.

A spokesman for Mark Sanford declined to comment on the new details and pointed to the statement issued by the campaign earlier Wednesday.

Sanford's opponent in the congressional race is Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the sister of television host Stephen Colbert.

His court date is set for two days after the May 7 special election.


Filed under: Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    "[Jenny Sanford] intends to enforce any violation of thus request by resort to either the Family Court in a contempt action or a criminal charge for trespass, or both."
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    She should take him to both. This guy has issues. And since we're having a gun debate, I think it's fair to ask should Senor Sanford be allowed to own a gun after violating a court order? The man is clearly not mentally stable. He may be a threat to Ms. Sanford. I'm just saying.

    April 17, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    Lady please get a life you are not that important.

    April 17, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well how typical of the entitled politicians... The rules are only meant for others. The people of SC should tell this guy to go take a hike!

    April 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    This guy must carry around a fire extinguisher to put his pants out all the time. You really want HIM to represent you, SC?

    April 17, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    @name lynn, she has a life and guts. She didn't literally stand behind "her man" like some of these other women do while their husbands try to explain what they did (as if there IS an explanation). He had a hot Argentinian waiting for him in South America and he lied to his family, constituents, staff and anybody who cared as to where was sanford on father's day weekend.

    April 17, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    That jenny is made because she is not in front of the media, another lady getting a chance to do so, now once again jenny stop it.

    April 17, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. vikingwoman

    Isn't his behavior also known as stalking!? He sounds a little unhinged! Wonder what his fiancee Thinks about this!!

    April 17, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Multiple times? Doesn't his Latin Lover all the boys to visit him at HIS house?

    April 17, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    oopa === allow the boys to visit

    April 17, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. just sayin

    hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    April 17, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Colorado

    This guy clearly has no respect for women at all. I'm sure he feel "entitled" to enter her house anytime he wants.

    April 17, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    Lynn. Chill. Mrs. Jenny Sanford is and was the wronged party in all of this madness, she has every right to do whatever she pleases.

    The point is it wouldn't matter what he'd done, the people of SC will still put him in office simply because he's a white, male republican.

    April 17, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    He broke THE LAW. No amnesty for those who break THE LAW. Forgive him of his sins AS he forgives others of their sins. Soooo, Mr. Sanford, where do stand on the Immigration Bill.

    April 17, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Jenny is merely proving to Mark that she is now the proud owner of his balls. Currently she is only tickling them; just wait for the REAL howling to start when she goes to squeezing them!!!!! I hope she squeezes so hard his eyeballs pop out. God, this is FUNNY!!!!!

    April 17, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Jules

    He sure hasn't learned much about how to be an ethical person from his past experience.

    April 17, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. DumbasRocks [R]s

    –"Lady please get a life you are not that important."–

    Name Lynn, get a bon-bon and a diet coke, and then sit down with a dictionary, and PLEASE familiarize yourself with the term H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y.

    April 17, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. plain&simple

    If you are running for office in a government made of laws and your job has everything to do with laws. One should respect the law and follow it!!!

    April 17, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. much thunder..little rain

    he is a looser..but ole cnn its dog pile on the gop

    April 17, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. it must be said

    Let this be a lesson to all you men out there. Don't cheat on your woman. Be honest with them and tell them you don't love them anymore and you want a divorce, then hook up with some hot Brazilian. They will respect you more for this honesty. BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Wanna buy a bridge?

    April 17, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Aaaahahahahahaha...I'm gonna run out of popcron on this one....

    April 17, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Republicans make laws for everyone else. They don't have to follow them.

    April 17, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. DB in AR

    He wasn't even there. He was in Argentina "taking a walk". Yeah, Mark I got your back.

    April 17, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. just sayin

    he needs to realize his wife still harbors hatred and resentment towards him, even if he was only trying to see his kids. she should seek counseling for her anger and he needs to make sure he stays away from her while trying not to lose touch with his children. she obviously has not fogiven him and moved on with her life.

    April 17, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    if they don't vote him in, the republicans will stuff the ballot boxes and demand recounts until the number is what they want.

    Think I'm wrong? It's South Carolina.

    April 17, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. jed clampett

    I think the South Carolina voters need to be issued a restraining order if they elect this buffoon again.

    April 17, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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