Cameras to be allowed in Sanford court hearing

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It now appears cameras and recording devices will be allowed in Thursday’s court hearing on Mark Sanford’s alleged trespassing of his ex-wife’s home.

Jenny Sanford had initially sought to ban cameras, but the filing was dismissed today.

The pair will be in Charleston County Family Court after Mark Sanford said he watched the Feb. 3 Super Bowl at her Sullivan’s Island home with one of their sons. Jenny Sanford had not given him permission to be there and said it was against their divorce decree. Also, that it was part of a pattern on her ex-husband’s part.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department said today it will have monitors in Charleston County to follow the 1st Congressional District special election Tuesday.

Monitors will be on hand to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the department said.

The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

The Charleston observers come as the department will also be following voting sites in Clarksdale, Como and Ruleville, Miss.

Justice Department personnel will monitor polling place activities in Charleston County. A Civil Rights Division attorney will coordinate federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

Tuesday’s election between Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Sanford is to fill the vacancy created when Republican Tim Scott was moved into the Senate.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.