Scott divorce records long on accusations, short on evidence

February 15, 2011 

TIFTON -- Formerly sealed court records from Rep. Austin Scott’s 2001 divorce from Anna Leigh Jordan contain charges and countercharges but provide little evidence to confirm or support those claims.

Scott, R-Ga., who represents the 8th Congressional District, took office in January. Local Democratic party activist Amy Morton filed a request in September 2010 to unseal the documents during Scott’s successful campaign against former congressman Jim Marshall.

An initial review of the 268-page divorce file shows that Scott stated Jordan, referred to in the documents as Annette Leigh Scott, “abused prescription drugs and alcohol.” A request for a psychiatric evaluation of Scott, filed on behalf of Jordan, lists as reasons “strange, erratic, inconsistent behavior, his severe mood swings, the use of alcohol as an escape device, and his involvement with pornographic materials.”

There were no allegations of misconduct or physical abuse toward either.

Reached Monday for comment, a spokesperson for Scott reaffirmed the congressman’s position that the divorce was a personal matter.

Scott and Jordan were married Aug. 17, 1996, and divorced June 21, 2001. The records were sealed July 9, 2004, at the request of both parties. No reason was given by the judge for sealing the records. Scott and Jordan lifted their objections to unsealing the records Feb. 4. Tift County Superior Court Judge Bill Reinhardt signed the order to unseal the records Thursday, and the clerk of courts processed the documents Friday afternoon.

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