Tuesday, October 23, 2018


I have just received word that Judge Edgar Dickson has set a court date. 

Here is the message from Judge Dickson to the lawyers dated Oct. 23, 2:08 p.m., from the judge's administrative assistant:

"Judge Dickson request that the pending motions in the above matter be scheduled for November 19, 2018. His Honor intends to hear as many of the motions as possible until he gets tired of hearing them. These motions will be heard at the Orangeburg County Courthouse."

So, now we know. The hearing will be on Monday, November 19, 2018, at the Orangeburg County Courthouse, in Orangeburg SC. The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to hear the lawyers' arguments in support of their various motions before him. "Until he gets tired of hearing them"---make of that what you will. 

One should wonder at how many more arguments he needs. I counted 22 separate papers before Dickson already, six as motions and 16 as arguments for and against the motions. I should think that 22 pleas would be enough to make decisions.

We also now know that when Dickson said in early September that he would set a court date in late October he meant he would announce a date for a hearing in the future, not to hold a hearing in late October.

I think we can also assume from the wording of today's announcement that Dickson will only be hearing arguments on Nov. 19 and will hand down decisions some time later. At the rate he has been moving, that could be a long time off. He has had the first motion before him for nearly a year.

I intend to be present in the courtroom on Nov. 19. This will be just two days after the TECSC annual diocesan convention, in Charleston.

The TECSC lawyers are essentially asking Dickson to implement the SCSC decision of Aug. 2, 2017 that ordered the return to TEC/TECSC control of 29 parishes and Camp St. Christopher. The DSC lawyers are essentially asking Dickson to disregard the SCSC decision and decide on his own who should control the 29 parishes. I do not see how the judge could do anything but enforce the SCSC decision which is now the law of the land.