Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing
May 8th, 2013
04:23 PM ET
11 months ago

Sanford will no longer appear in court for trespassing

(CNN) – Mark Sanford, elected to the U.S. Congress Tuesday in South Carolina, will no longer be required to appear in court this week to face allegations he violated his divorce terms after trespassing at ex-wife Jenny's beach house.

A consent order from family court in Charleston County indicates the two parties reached an agreement ahead of the May 9 court date, under which Sanford admitted "that he is in contempt for this and previous instances of trespassing upon plaintiff's property."

The former governor also agreed to pay fees and costs totaling $5,000 to his ex-wife.

In April, as Sanford was waging a political comeback campaign for Congress in South Carolina, he was accused by his ex-wife of trespassing at her Sullivan's Island home. Under the terms of their 2010 divorce, neither party can enter the other's home without permission.

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

An examination of the court documents obtained by CNN suggested that Sanford has repeatedly entered Jenny Sanford's beachfront home without permission.

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 asked that Sanford be held in contempt of court.

Jenny Sanford has informed 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 read. The document does not include details about previous trespassing accusations.

The couple were divorced in 2010 after the then-governor admitted he was carrying on an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. He finished out his gubernatorial term in 2011 and has since become engaged to the same woman.

On Tuesday, Sanford completed his political comeback, defeating Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in South Carolina's first congressional district by a nine point margin.

CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This Eloper is idiot so are SC idiots.

    May 8, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Niat Bordeen

    I am not saying he has not regret hat has happen, but the message being sent is wrong. You can have an affair, walk out on your country, ask for forgiveness. Run for the office, don't abide the law. Win the race.. Other States are laughing at the Carolina's. we have no pride or standards.. Experience means nothing if your not honest or have values. I rater support a new comer than someone how thinks his wrongness is not stink.. my opinion justsayin

    May 8, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Of course he won't. He is now an official member of the Good Ole Boys Club. All he has to do is disagree with any and everything President Obama says and does. Spew hatred a few times a year, disrespect the POTUS and he is good to go FOR LIFE.

    Heck they might even run him for POTUS in 2016. He is a republikkkan male with no melanin in his skin. The man is a shoe-in.

    Sanford/Paul 2016
    The party of family values' dream team.

    May 8, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Donna

    Stop persecuting the poor guy for wanting to see his children. The system is really stacked against men.

    May 8, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. tammyk tammy

    I guess he asked God to forgives him enough times in public so that the Faux Christian Repugs could swallow his lies. They rail against h0m0s citing family values. The bible only has two or three verses on that subject, but last I checked adultery,lying, and thieving were all listed in the top Ten offenses. I guess their fake zeal only applies against Democratic candidates and platforms. Enjoy being represented by the lying, thieving, adulterous loser that y'all elected down in Dixie dimwitland.

    May 8, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Nothing left to say, nothing need be posted. SC is a total waste of tax dollars and food. Goodbye SC, like most of the rest of the Nation will no longer even honor your existance.

    May 8, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. plain&simple

    One day the people who make the laws will respect them enough to follow the law. Just not today.

    May 8, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. it must be considered

    Niat Bordeen
    I am not saying he has not regret hat has happen, but the message being sent is wrong. You can have an affair, walk out on your country, ask for forgiveness. Run for the office, don't abide the law. Win the race..
    --
    But the message sent by Bill Clinton was OK RIGHT? Obama disregarding and not enforcing laws is OK right?

    Other States are laughing at the Carolina's. we have no pride or standards.. Experience means nothing if your not honest or have values.
    --
    What about New York Democrat voters that put an admiited thief like Charlie Rangel back in office? Or Illinois voters that blindly vote for Jesse Jackson Jr. when he sits in a psychiatric hospital and then it comes out his a massive thief as well??? Just what is the difference???

    May 8, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. jw

    If your not from SC. it doesn't matter to you. So get off your high horse. There are enough skeletons in the Liberal closet. Just a preview of whats going to happen to Dems in 2014 because of their views on our personal freedoms!

    May 8, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    Well Donna, THIS man thinks Sanford should abide by the law like everyone else. Not that it matters now; he writes his own ticket now. Instead of being persecuted for abandoning his post as governor on the taxpayer's dime, instead of getting punished for violating the terms of his divorce settlement, he's now a Congresscritter.

    "Winning!" - Charlie Sheen, 2011

    May 8, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. norma jean.

    It is hard to believe that the people of South Carolina would give a "second chance" to someone who lied to them....used their money and the partys money to not only make a fool of himself but should really have been accounable to the state where the money was concerned,,,,,This is a man{?} without honor,decency,self control and finally even common sense. Thiis is NOT a man who should be a part of the government in this country..... South Carolina should be ashamed!!
    !!

    May 8, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. vikingwoman

    This man is flaunting his disregard for the law & women! Yet he's re-elected! The people of SC will get what they voted for! A man who obviously thinks he's above it all & superior! Good Luck, w/that!!

    May 8, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Flagship, NC

    Everyone.....Please, I am from North Carolina, DO NOT compare South Carolina with North Carolina. South Carolina are a different breed of people. The crap that goes on in South Carolina is also looked down by the North Carolina people. We are not like them! We have better values. Thank You.

    May 8, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |