Many of you have read Pye’s post earlier today about Judge Melanie Cross’ connection with Marshall. Yes, she set the court date and is not overseeing the hearing, BUT, as Charlie points out, she set the court date one week before the election.
Others have been piecing the story together in the comments of Pye’s post, but let’s paint a complete picture here for everyone.
Judge Cross contributed $1,000 to Jim Marshall in 2006.
Her husband, Ray Cross, gave $1000 to Friends of Jim Marshall earlier this year.
Carmel Sanders, the attorney who filed the motion, attended Mercer Law School in the early eighties. Judge Cross attended Mercer during the early nineties. Chances are both of these individuals knew Jim Marshall and may have even had him as a professor (would be interesting to see a schedule of classes).
What makes all of this seem like a pathetic distraction from the election is the timeline to Austin Scott’s divorce.
Leigh and Austin’s divorce was final in July of 2001. She remarried a year or two after that.
Austin met Vivien in March of 2002.
The divorce records were sealed in July 2004 at the request of both Leigh and Austin (3 years after the divorce).
Austin and Vivien were married in December of 2005.
If anyone wanted to dig up dirt on Austin through the use of divorce records, why didn’t they do it during the 3 years his records were open? He’s been an elected official for 14 years, so saying there would be no political advantage makes no sense.
I don’t know if Jim Marshall is the catalyst for this attack, but the connections between him, Melanie Cross, and Carmel Sanders are rather telling.
This is dirty and Marshall needs to set the record straight. If I were in his shoes I’d be a bigger man and ask the blogger from Macon to stop prying for dirt.