What Was Mark Sanford Doing at His Ex-Wife's House?

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Mark Sanford is headed back to court on Thursday to address an accusation that he trespassed at his ex-wife Jenny Sanford's home a couple months ago. This probably doesn't bode well for his congressional campaign, but it's not the end of the world either. According to the Associated Press "Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her South Carolina home" in early February. Court documents reveal that he was using his cell phone as a flashlight suggesting that he knew he wasn't supposed to be there. Indeed, the divorce settlement very clearly states that they aren't allowed to enter each other's home without permission.

Why did he do that?! Was he looking for an old T-shirt? Or checking to make sure the air conditioner was working okay as the weather starts to heat up in South Carolina? It's unclear.

Mark Sanford was doing so well, though! Sanford staged a spectacular fall from grace a couple years ago when he was caught having an affair with a woman from Argentina, a trespass that led to his divorce from Jenny Sanford. But Mark's been on his way to a comeback, though. Less than two weeks ago, the former governor won the Republican primary in the race for South Carolina's first district, bringing him one step closer to political redemption. Now this?!

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Let's not be hasty, though. A judge will decide whether or not Sanford actually trespassed, and voters will decide if it actually matters. If he was in the house against court orders, it might've been for something quite mundane, like an old T-shirt. (We're guessing things are awkward enough between the two that he thought it better to trespass than call and ask permission, but who knows.) It might've been something more. We'll see later this week.

Update (9:00 p.m.): CNN's Peter Hamby got in touch with Jenny Sanford via text message. "Those documents are legit and I understood they were to have remained part of the sealed divorce docs," the former South Carolina first later told Hamby. "This is a private matter and I have no further comment," she added.

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