Isn't it possible, if unlikely, that the court of appeals in Woolard will dismiss the Woolard appeal? And THEN wouldn't the the MD AG be free to abandon the cause?
I suppose the ideology of the AG's superior (the governor?) determines how long they stay in the fight. Ironically, and thankfully, it is exactly that ideology-driven determination to fight that makes for favorable case law, as we saw in Heller and McDonald.
I suspect it may take one of the carry cases going all the way to SCOTUS before we see a nationwide drop-off in states defending these un-winnable cases, IMIO (in my ideological