A judge has ruled that the divorce proceedings of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his Jenny Sanford can be televised.
Attorney Jay Bender, legal representation for the South Carolina Press Association and the South Carolina Broadcaster Association, said that courts in South Carolina are open to the public and media outlets can request to bring cameras at any time. However Jenny Sanfrod's attorney, Deena Smith McRackan, says cameras are rarely allowed into divorce court. "It is not common,especially in the family court." McRackan said. "We do not feel it is a benefit to Jenny. We feel that it can be harmful in a family situation, especially for the children."
Bender argues that while family law is intrinsically private, the governor's involvement adds a public dimension to this case. "Part of this divorce is the governor's unacknowledged absence from the state to have an extramarital affair," says Bender. The governor went to Argentina with a girlfriend, telling aides that he was hiking the Appalachian trail.
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