U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's husband, Perry Greene, has halted his attempts to seal documents he says will be filed in his divorce proceedings with the Georgia Republican congresswoman.
“Now, plaintiff Perry Greene, through and through his undersigned counsel, hereby files this motion to withdraw the motion to file a civil action in seal,” said the court filing filed Monday by Perry Greene's attorney, Allen F. Harris Floyd County, Georgia, Superior Court.
When Perry Greene filed for divorce, he said the couple's 27-year marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
Last week, Harris filed a motion asking the judge to seal all future records and bar parties, attorneys, witnesses and court personnel for “at least” 25 years or until a new regulation supersedes them.
Harris explained that this is because “the parties' significant privacy interest in sealing the records outweighs the public's marginal interest in access to these documents.”
An official in the clerk's office confirmed Wednesday that the request to seal the document had been withdrawn.
It was unclear why the application was withdrawn.
“Our office has no comment, thank you,” a receptionist at Attorney Harris' office told the Chattanooga Times Free Press by phone Wednesday before ending the call.
Floyd Farless, a Rome, Ga., attorney whose practice includes divorce and family law, said the initial motion to seal the petition in a divorce case was already unusual.
“I don’t think it’s this high-profile divorce case,” Farless said by phone. “Politicians get divorced all the time. If he asks now not to seal the matter, it could be that there is nothing in it or that it is a case of sour apples – he just wants to take political revenge on her.”
“But down here I don’t think she has much to worry about,” Farless added, “because there are very few Democrats down here right now.”
Harris' initial filing said that Perry Greene anticipates that “certain pleadings, affidavits and other documents will be filed in this case so that the file will contain sensitive personal and financial information, the public disclosure of which would have a negative impact on the case.” would impact the data protection interests of the parties.”
The same filing states that any member of the public can petition the court to unseal the records from public record “if there is good cause.”
An attempt to reach the congresswoman's spokesman for comment was unsuccessful Wednesday. After the divorce was originally filed, she previously stated, “Together, Perry and I have started our family and raised three amazing children. He gave me the best job title anyone could ever earn: Mom. I will always be grateful for how amazing that was.” He is a father to our children.
The congresswoman is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and often criticizes her Republican colleagues as less committed to Trump's agenda. Congress stripped her of her committee assignments after she spread conspiracy theories and advocated violence against Democrats on social media, among other things.
Greene was first elected to represent Georgia's 14th Congressional District in 2020 and is seeking re-election to a second term this year. She and her Democratic opponent Marcus Flowers have each raised more than $10 million, much of it statewide, although the outcome of the race is seen by many in the Republican-dominated district as a foregone conclusion.
The New Republic reported last year on Flowers' 2016 divorce, a bitter process involving mutual allegations of emotional abuse and infidelity. According to the magazine, Flowers tried to evict his wife several times when they lived in Oklahoma, eventually leaving her at a homeless shelter without her belongings after telling her they were going on a trip to Walmart.
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