The judge overseeing a motion to unseal House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s divorce file has voluntarily stepped aside from the case.
Paulding County Superior Court Judge James Osborne said he disqualified himself from the case, which raised questions of whether Richardson got preferential treatment, because he “desires the full confidence of the public in the judicial process.” The judge noted that there had been no court motion seeking his recusal.
Osborne disqualified himself in an order signed Thursday. On Friday, Walter Matthews, chief judge of the Rome Judicial Circuit, was appointed to decide the motion filed by Rome ethics activist George Anderson to unseal the divorce file of Glenn and Susan Richardson.
I continue to believe it highly unusual for these types of records to be sealed.