Earlier this morning U.S. District Judge Joe Anderson remanded two critical lawsuits back to the South Carolina Supreme Court. The suits, one by Chapin High School senior Casey Edwards and USC Law student Justin Williams and one by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), seek to force Governor Sanford to apply for disputed federal stimulus funds. This likely signals the end of the stimulus battle in the state, as the Governor faces long odds in state court.
In a 3 p.m. press conference Governor Sanford announced that he will not appeal Judge Anderson’s ruling, and that he will abide by the decision of the SC Supreme Court later this week. There was some speculation that Governor Sanford might appeal Judge Anderson’s ruling to the U.S. 4th Circuit, or that he might appeal an unfavorable state supreme court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
It looks like the curtain is about to fall, but perhaps the larger question is whether it will take a ruling from the state’s highest court to give South Carolinians a “Constitutional Moment?”