Setting the Record Straight

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.

22 comments

  1. ricstewart says:

    Melanie Cross’s campaign website lists her favorite color and favorite foods. Hmmm. This alone should disqualify her from the bench.

  2. I normally don’t bother responding to any of Tyler’s posts because they are usually Republican press releases and talking points and nothing else. But, this possibility actually intrigues me quite a bit:
    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).

  3. Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

    This is a non-issue, and the fact that you are making it one is frankly pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

    I’m not even an attorney yet, and I can tell you how to get that hearing delayed a week. It’s freaking easy, and if Scott’s attorneys can’t figure it out, they (and he) are grade-A morons.

    You want a story? Take a gander at this one: http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/10/04/chief-strategist-for-mike-keown-former-aide-to-glenn-richardson-indicted-for-vote-buying-in-alabama/

  4. Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

    Seriously, man, this was your “earth shattering” news you were baiting us on. Lord, PP used to have actual substance (albeit wrong), but this is just a load.

  5. Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

    And can I also note that Amy Morton is hardly a “blogger?” She blogs, sure, but if that’s what you know her for, you don’t know Amy Morton.

  6. Steve says:

    I do agree that Tyler’s man-crush on Austin Scott has moved past the “cute” stage, and into the “please stop using front-page posts to fundraise and openly campaign” stage.

    However, “Erick’s Mortal Enemy”, would it kill ya to organize your thoughts before typing… so you can put them down in one coherent comment, rather than a stream of mental diarrhea? You’re becoming the new “GOPeach” with this posting style. All three of those comments were close enough together in time that you could have just edited and added to the original comment, rather than the rapid-fire thing. It makes people pay less attention to what you’re actually saying.

    • Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

      Yeah, I can. The issue is that I’m far too computer unsavvy, and have a random train of how you so eloquently said “diarrhea” thoughts jumbled through my head. So I forget things easily.

  7. Nixonstheone says:

    Tyler – possibly not true for these two (esp. Carmel S.), but most Mercer law students who had Jim Marshall couldn’t stand him.

  8. While picking at Tyler may soon be designated an Olympic sport, that’s not the issue. The issue is that the judge who set this hearing date has given donations to Jim Marshall and her husband donated $1000 this year (Joint checking account? Who knows.) to Marshall.

    This is an apparent conflict of interest on its face.

    In addition, the date set by Judge Cross for the hearing will damage the Scott campaign. Anyone thinking that this does not cause Scott to spend less time on his campaign is naive.

    Cross should have recused herself. Period. She is not the only judge in Tifton that could have handled this matter. She chose to handle it personally and she made a major mistake.

    In the meantime, Marshall benefits from slimy politics. We deserve better.

      • The only real diversion is Jim Marshall’s fear of running on his record. That’s why all of the misleading Marshall attack ads and now the scurrilous attack on Austin Scott’s privacy.

        The diversion will be when Jim Marshall decides to run on his less than mediocre record:

        1- One sponsored bill passed in 8 years – everything else died in committee.

        2 – No leadership positions within his party or on either of the meager quantity (two) of committees on which he serves.

        3 – His peek-a-boo voting record. “I’m really a conservative boys and girls, I just don’t know how I accidentally voted for card check or TARP or the Wall Street bailout or raising the national debt limit or Nancy Pelosi for Speaker or . . .”

    • Tyler says:

      I don’t care what others say about me on here. I know that politics is a dirty business, but it doesn’t mean one shouldn’t bring to light when someone stoops VERY low.

      The child needs to be protected and this attack for political gain, like most, disgusts me.

      We need Austin Scott in Washington. I’ll never be ashamed to stand up for what’s right.

      • Tyler says:

        That said, this attack won’t do Marshall any good. It’s too close to the election and any attorney worth his salt will ask for a continuation and push court date back.

        Marshall and the 8th District Dems are nervous, that’s for sure.

        • Tyler,

          This is all about Jim Marshall’s fear that people will discuss his performance as a Congressman. Period.

          The Marshall supporters calling to get back on topic are singing from a different page than Marshall.

  9. Becoming an old salt says:

    Points that must be focused on by all parties!!
    1) quality people will not run for office due to such trash as this that Jim Marshall’s friends are working to dredging up
    2) everyone has some dirt if they have lived past 5 years old
    3) a real and truthful conscience-that would not stop such dredging- will not also not stop at untruthfulness and self-promotion when elected
    Wise Up! Get rid of all elected officials that succomb to this type of behavior by themselves or initiated and carried out by their friends! Jim Marshall needs to be removed from office and replaced. Give Austin an attempt to represent us and it he fails then remove him too later.

  10. Becoming an old salt says:

    Points that must be focused on by all parties!!
    1) quality people will not run for office due to such trash as this that Jim Marshall’s friends are working to dredge up
    2) everyone has some dirt if they have lived past 5 years old
    3) absent a real and truthful conscience-one that would not stop such dredging- will also not stop at untruthfulness and self-promotion when elected
    Wise Up! Get rid of all elected officials that succomb to this type of behavior by themselves or initiated and carried out by their friends! Jim Marshall needs to be removed from office and replaced. Give Austin an attempt to represent us and it he fails then remove him too later.

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