This is kind of funny. Last Thursday I got an email on the tip line that we’d be hearing that Glenn Richardson was getting a divorce, done quickly, via his former law partner turned judge, and the records would be sealed.
Well, turns out that’s the case.
House Speaker Glenn Richardson and his wife filed for divorce, completed the dissolution of their marriage and got court records of the proceedings sealed — all in a single afternoon last week.
The Richardsons appeared privately on Wednesday before a Paulding County Superior Court judge who was not even assigned to their case. The judge, James Osborne, is a former partner in Richardson’s law firm.
The judge to whom the case was assigned, Tonny Beavers, said Friday he does not know why the case ended up in Osborne’s court. Beavers said Osborne told him he had received the divorce documents before they were officially filed.
The fast-track divorce defied normal procedures as it sped through the Paulding County Courthouse in Dallas, allowing Richardson to keep most details private, including any that might reflect on his performance as a public official.
So much for being a man of the people. I think Speaker presumes himself to be above the people.