Let's not get carried away Gang.
While he argued he was entitled to a new election because the number of flawed ballots -- 481 -- is greater than the margin by which he lost the second-place slot to Sheffield, 382, lawyers for Bernes, Sheffield and state elections officials argued that only 314 of the 481 flawed ballots were cast with votes for the Appeals Court race in Laurens County, meaning Sheffield's statewide margin of victory would still hold without those votes.
I concluded that since the opinion was unanimous, there must be something here more than was unreported. Otherwise, assuming these numbers are correct, I am missing what puts the results of the election in doubt.
I think you laymen on The Gang got a tad carried away this week in bashing the Supreme Court. To suggest the Court would postpone an election to avoid getting a prosecutor is ludicrous, in my lawyerly opinion. To suggest it was playing favorites is likewise ludicrous, again in my lawyerly opinion.
As I understand things, the Court of Appeals and not the Supreme Court will be hearing the case prior to November 2. Regardless of how it comes out, I have confidence that the Court's reasoning for postponing the election -- something I assure you the Court also considers drastic -- will be persuasive.