Jenny Sanford files to prohibit cameras from court hearing

Jenny Sanford waits as Family Court Judge Jocelyn Cate reads through the property and custody documents during the final hearing for her divorce from South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in the Charleston County Judicial Center Feb. 26, 2010. (Wade Spees/ Buy this photo

Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford is asking that cameras be prohibited from the courtroom when a judge hears her allegation that former husband Mark Sanford trespassed into her home the night of the Super Bowl.

Sanford’s motion, filed Friday in Charleston County Family Court, does not seek to ban press coverage or the media from attending the hearing. It just seeks to prohibit it being broadcast, filmed or recorded.

The filing asks Judge Jocelyn Cate to prohibit “any broadcasting, televising, recording, taking photographs, or allowing any similar activity in the courtroom during the hearing.”

The Sanfords are scheduled to go to court Thursday, two days after the special 1st Congressional District election. Republican Mark Sanford is trying to win the congressional seat he held from 1994-2000. He faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Last month, after Sanford won the GOP nomination, Jenny Sanford filed a trespassing complaint against her former husband, saying he had a history of violating their divorce terms by entering her residence without permission.

In the Super Bowl incident, Sanford said he entered her Sullivan’s Island home Feb. 3 to watch the second half of the game with their youngest son. Jenny Sanford was not home at the time.

If found guilty of violating the divorce stipulation, among the penalties are imprisonment for up to a year, a fine of $1,500, or up to 300 hours of community service, or a combination of the three.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.

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