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Ethics case against Sanford is still unresolved

A state ethics panel that is investigating Gov. Mark Sanford is not likely to resolve soon whether the two-term Republican broke state law with his travel and campaign expenses.

Herbert Hayden, executive director of the State Ethics Commission, said the nine-member panel has not yet asked to schedule a hearing on 37 charges that Sanford's use of state aircraft, business-class tickets and campaign money violated state ethics laws.

Hayden said the commission's docket is crowded and finding a full day to weigh the evidence in the case may be difficult.

"They haven't given us any indication at all of when they want to hear it," Hayden said of the nine-member panel, appointed by Sanford but confirmed by the S.C. Senate.

In announcing the charges in November, Hayden said the panel would consider them after the new year. The 37 charges carry a maximum fine of $74,000.

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