Democrats in Macon are demanding to see Austin Scott’s divorce records. Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report has the story:
A motion has been filed that seeks to unseal court records of the divorce proceedings of state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), who’s running against Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall for the 8th Congressional District seat.
Tift County Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross signed an order setting an Oct. 26 hearing on the motion to unseal the divorce files involving Scott and his former wife, Annette Leigh Scott.
The hearing, which will be held before Superior Court Judge Bill Reinhardt, is scheduled to occur one week before the Nov. 2 general election. Scott’s campaign did not comment Friday on the pending court hearing.
The motion was filed Thursday by Macon attorney Carmel Sanders on behalf of Amy Morton, a Democratic Party activist and blogger who also resides in Macon. The language of the motion is similar to a legal filing made by attorney Gerald R. Weber two years ago when former House Speaker Glenn Richardson had his divorce records sealed in Paulding County.
Floyd County Superior Court Chief Judge Walter Matthews subsequently filed an order in July 2008 that unsealed most of the records in Richardson’s divorce case.
Scott’s divorce records were sealed on July 9, 2004, according to the motion that seeks to have them unsealed.
“The Order gave no justification for the sealing of the file,” Sanders said in her motion. “No balancing of the public and private interests was made.”
“The parties consent to closure or sealing cannot override the public’s right to review proceedings and documents,” Sanders argued in her filing.
Scott, a Tifton business owner and a member of the Georgia House for 14 years, is leaving the Legislature to run against Marshall, a four-term congressman from Macon.
H/T: Jim Galloway