With the state legislature considering bringing impeachment charges against Governor Mark Sanford, the state has retained Ross Garber, a partner in the firm of Shipman & Goodwin, to advise the Governor’s office. Garber represents the office, and not Sanford himself, who has retained two lawyers from Columbia to advise him.
Garber has previously served as chief counsel to two Connecticut Governors and was the lead attorney representing former Connecticut Governor Rowland when his legislature was considering impeachment. Governor Rowland later resigned.
Governor Sanford is facing 37 charges of ethics violations from the state’s Ethics Commission. He is being investigated by a subcommittee of the state legislature in connection with a secret five day trip he took in June to visit his mistress in Argentina.