On the day before a court hearing on whether the 2001 divorce papers of Republican congressional candidate Austin Scott should be sealed, WMAZ-TV in Macon is reporting this sudden twist:
The attorney for a local Democrat seeking to unseal 8th congressional district candidate Austin Scott’s divorce records says a request was filed Monday on behalf of the Republican candidate’s 11-year-old son to delay the hearing and appear as a defendant in the case.
A Tift County judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday to unseal the documents.
Macon attorney Carmel Sanders filed the motion to make the records public on behalf of her client Amy Morton.
Morton, a Democratic activist, says she isn’t looking for any specific information in the files but says the public has a right to know what’s in them.
Sanders says her office received a motion from 11-year-old Wells Scott today, asking to take part in the records hearing.
“Either the former Mrs. Scott or Mr. Scott have hired a lawyer on behalf of their son to intervene in this action,” Sanders says.
“It’s been Mr. Scott’s contention that the reason he didn’t want the files opened — the reason they wanted them sealed was to protect the son,” she says.
No comment was forthcoming from Scott, or from the campaign of Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall of Macon.