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John Few Wins SC Supreme Court Race

BITTER HIGH COURT BATTLE GOES TO CHIEF APPELLATE JUDGE There were twists … and turns … and then more twists. In the end, though, the early frontrunner wound up in the winner’s circle … albeit by a vastly different calculus than was originally expected. John Few – chief judge of…

BITTER HIGH COURT BATTLE GOES TO CHIEF APPELLATE JUDGE

There were twists … and turns … and then more twists.

In the end, though, the early frontrunner wound up in the winner’s circle … albeit by a vastly different calculus than was originally expected.

John Few – chief judge of the S.C. court of appeals – will be the next justice of the S.C. Supreme Court after winning a contentious legislative election this week.  Not only that, many state lawmakers believe Few has the early line on becoming the next chief justice of the Palmetto State’s highest court.

Our view?  Few’s election is not a bad thing – even though it didn’t go down as expected.  In fact as we noted in this piece, we appreciated his take on a recent education funding lawsuit.

Of course there is some concern about Few’s views on the First Amendment following a recent libel ruling … one which has a direct bearing on freedom of the press in the Palmetto State.

Nonetheless, Few managed to win a two-way race that many believed he was destined to lose – and do so by a comfortable 19-vote margin over his fellow appeals court judge, Bruce Williams.  Most observers believed Few needed a three-way race in order to defeat Williams, but a last-minuted deal apparently flipped that math on its head).

We’ll have much more tomorrow on this race – which has inflamed tensions at the S.C. State House.

Stay tuned …

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7 comments

stumpknocker February 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

this is fucked up, but this is as good as it gets.

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Herman W. "Buz" Martin February 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Thank God the SC Supreme Court is not the highest court in the land.

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flip February 4, 2016 at 8:47 am

Not anymore. Jean Toal looked to be about as high as they come.

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Doris February 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

The rumor around the State House is that Toal is worried Few will try to make a name for himself correcting some of the horrible messes she created with her mysterious hires of blindly loyal servants who could hide her corruption and bending the rules. It is going to be an interesting few months ahead in the SC Judiciary.

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Puking Tom February 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

The conservatives could have had three solid “rule of law” judges (instead of “who my friends are”) on the SCoSC, if they had elected Williams first, then Few – next year when Plecones retires – to go with Kittredge. But no – they had to get hung up on racial politics, favor trading and personal squabbles, and did what was most expedient. Too bad. No leadership.

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Lone Ranger February 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

What?…after NC and GA kicked corrupt payday lending out for ripping off citizens it was SC’s payday-grubbing legislators who told payday with a sigh

Come to South Carolina—and don’t forget to bring that lobbyist money ya hear—we
rip patriots’ flag WITHOUT voters—we’re the best money can buy

And we know it’s LIBERAL academia that gave you John-I’ll-Declare-A-Ham-Sandwich-Constitutional-for-Money-Roberts and SC INjustices as well

But that long Tea Train is humming and voters are coming to send these fellow travelers back to where they came from before God sends them all to… !!!

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