Rep.-elect Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) has reached a settlement in a trespassing case with his ex-wife, avoiding the spectacle of an embarrassing court hearing fresh on the heels of his election to the House this week.
The agreement allows the Sanfords to avoid a court date that could have proven a public embarrassment. A judge had earlier denied Jenny Sanford's request to ban television cameras at the hearing.
Jenny Sanford's accusations that the former governor trespassed at her home had created turmoil for Mark Sanford's House campaign in South Carolina's first district. The controversy led to the National Republican Congressional Committee's decision not to fund him.
Despite the lack of help from his party, Sanford won Tuesday's special election by a comfortable margin over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.