Did South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's affair break the law?
The revelation of an extramarital affair by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will certainly damage his political integrity, but might it land him in legal hot water? According to South Carolina's legal code, adultery is considered a crime punishable by a fine and jail time. Section 16-15-60 reads:
However, getting anyone in South Carolina to comment on the law has been difficult. After being told that South Carolina does in fact have a law against adultery, one police officer said he didn't care and promptly hung up. Despite the lack of officers willing to go on the record regarding the law, an investigator at the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department did mention that he has not, and probably never will, arrest anyone for adultery. Sounds like adulterers in South Carolina can rest easy.
-- Brendan Bigelow
Photo: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol June on 24, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair after returning from a secret trip to visit a woman in Argentina. Credit: Davis Turner / Getty Images