Well, we are almost in June have no nominee for Chief Judge Wilkins' seat. The word on the street is still that Steve A. Matthews and state Court of Appeals Judge John W. Kittredge are the two real contenders. The State Newspaper is reporting that "Matthews is being pushed by Fred Fielding, chief counsel to President Bush, while U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint prefer Kittredge, sources said."
Let's just hope that Dubya and the two senators move on this soon. Both are excellent candidates for the position. Matthews is one of the brightest lights in the South Carolina Bar and Judge Kittredge was one of the state's top trial judges and has distinguished himself on the state Court of Appeals.
We're lucky to have a man like Kittredge on the bench and can only hope that Matthews, if not elevated to Judge Wilkins' seat, will soon ascend to the bench as well.