Austin Scott’s 2001 divorce papers ordered unsealed

The following is likely to take a news cycle or so to play out. From the Macon Telegraph:

Papers for Rep. Austin Scott’s 2001 divorce have been ordered unsealed by a Tift County Superior Court judge.

Judge Bill Reinhardt signed an order Thursday night releasing the records, which were sealed in July 2004 at the request of Scott, a Republican who represents the 8th Congressional District, and his former wife, Anna Leigh Gooch, now Leigh Jordan. Scott and Jordan withdrew their objections to unsealing the documents Feb. 4.

The documents were processed late Friday afternoon by the Tift County Clerk of Courts Gwen Pate.
“They are available for public viewing,” Pate said shortly before the office closed for the weekend. Attempts to obtain a copy of the records Friday afternoon were unsuccessful….

Local Democratic party activist Amy Morton and Macon attorney Carmel Sanders filed a request in September 2010 to unseal the documents, and after a delay in serving papers an initial hearing was set for Dec. 6, 2010.

The request to unseal the proceedings was made during Scott’s successful campaign against former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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19 comments Add your comment

Capital Idea

February 14th, 2011
2:08 pm

Amy Morton is a bitter nasty woman.

Leigh

February 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

CI- Looks like you must be paying alimony. You seen to be bitter yourself.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

February 14th, 2011
2:52 pm

Divorce records are not typically sealed, especially for us common folk. Doing so makes the situation extremely suspect like there is something that is being hidden. This rep and the former speaker of the house got theirs sealed. If you are a public official you should make yourself transparent to your constituency instead of getting special treatment of your personal life.

Red

February 14th, 2011
3:15 pm

So the big “right to privacy” Dems suddenly toss aside their standards just to take a swipe at an opponent.

flintrock70

February 14th, 2011
3:18 pm

LT. Gov Cagle was the first to threaten to unseal it.

Paula

February 14th, 2011
3:19 pm

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PlumPudding

February 14th, 2011
3:22 pm

If this were not such a staunchly Repub state, someone would have posted the contents of those released records online by this time today. I sure hope whatever they did not want the public to read turns out to be more interesting than plain old infidelity.

Tom

February 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

THIS AINT NO ONES BUSINESS. WONDER IF LE SANDES WOLD LKE FOR PEOPLE TO KOW HOW MANY FRIVEOUS LAW SUITS HE HAS FILED ON BEHALF OF CLIENTS? WONDER IF EITHER ONE OF TEHM WOULD WANT PEPLE TO KNOW HOW MANY POSSIBLE AFFAIRS THEY HAVE HAD. THIS S NO ONES BUSINESS PERIOD.

Leigh

February 14th, 2011
4:25 pm

Folks, The sealing of the divorce papers was a deal not given to the ordinary couple going through a divorce. The judge sealed the papers incorrectly because of who was involved. If anyone is at fault, it is the judge who unlawfully sealed them. When I went through a divorce, I was not given the same opportunity with the same judge.

Last Man Standing

February 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

Much ado about nothing.

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Question Man

February 14th, 2011
5:49 pm

Jim: Are you going to post the papers for easy viewing by your fans?

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Mrs.Glenn Richardson

February 15th, 2011
12:24 am

Groundhog Day.

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missmollie

February 16th, 2011
11:35 am

Well, hoop-de-do!!! Now everyone knows including their young son…Now that “the cat is out of the bag” , I suggest that they “let a sleeping dog lie..” Both parties have their share of “dirt” including our past/present administration…. For beginners, start with our presidents…

missmollie

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

What next….