'Dereliction of duty'
Lawmakers pushing for impeachment contend Sanford's secret trip to Argentina left the state leaderless and qualifies as "serious misconduct," an impeachable offense.
The S.C. Ethics Commission charged Sanford with violating 37 state ethics laws, governing travel and use of campaign money. A hearing will be held in January. If convicted of the charges, Sanford could be fiend up to $74,000.
But is it criminal?
S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster will determine whether Sanford also may have broken criminal laws. McMaster also will weigh whether the ethics allegations constitute a criminal pattern. If so, he could charge Sanford criminally with misconduct in office.