By Ronald James Caldwell, Ph.D., Professor of History, Emeritus, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.
An independent blog unaffiliated with any church or diocese. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
EPISCOPAL CHURCH APPEALS
TO SOUTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT
On yesterday, July 27, 2020, the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal diocese filed an appeal of Judge Dickson's June 19 order with the South Carolina Supreme Court. The Church lawyers had earlier filed an appeal with the South Carolina Court of Appeals and a motion to transfer the appeal to the SCSC:
"Appellants [TEC, TECSC] previously filed a Notice of Appeal from these Orders with the South Carolina Court of Appeals...In addition, Appellants simultaneously filed a Motion to Transfer the appeal to this Court; that motion remains pending."
The Church lawyers pointed out in the paper yesterday that the other side had complained in their opposition to TEC's motion for a stay pending appeal that "any complaint about the Orders [Dickson's Order of June 19] would need to be appealed to the South Carolina Supreme Court, not the South Carolina Court of Appeals."
Since both sides want the appeal to go straight to the SCSC, it seems just a matter of time before the SC Court of Appeals agrees to the transfer.
It appears that this case is going back to the state supreme court. Is it possible that we will finally, at long last, get closure to all of this legal mess?