Jim Galloway reports that the judge that set the hearing arguments later this month on whether or not Austin Scott’s divorce records should be made public is has contributed to Jim Marshall in the past:
Tift County Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross has set a court date of Oct. 26 to hear the matter. The general election is Nov. 2 – and one presumes that any lawyer worth his or her salt could have the matter delayed a mere week.
Even so, Republican researchers have already come across a handy fact: According to opensecrets.org, a database of federal campaign contributions, Mrs. Melanie Cross of the law firm Cross & Rigdon, living in ZIP code 31794, gave $1,000 to Marshall in 2006.
[UPDATE] Cross set the date for the hearing, but Judge Bill Reinhardt will hear the arguments.