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