Attorney for John Harris' Wife Speaks

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The attorney for the estranged wife of Ward 5 Meridian city councilman John Harris has some things to say about him. Leigh Ann Key spoke on her behalf in an interview with Newscenter 11 Tuesday.

Harris, who is seeking reelection to Ward 5 and simultaneously running in a special election for House of representatives District 82, called a news conference Monday to challenge one of his opponents, Wilbert Jones, to a debate on issues of ethics and morals.

Harris also referenced a divorce he is currently going through. Now, we've learned a few things about that divorce.

The attorney for Councilman Harris' estranged wife, Leigh Ann Key, said she and her client are outraged because they don't understand why he would go public with personal matters about his wife when they say it is unrelated to his campaign.

Harris Monday read from a press release, saying that he is at the end of his divorce. According to Lauderdale County Court documents, Harris did file a complaint for divorce in 2006, but a judge ruled in December 2008 that he did not have grounds for that divorce.

Documents used in the divorce proceeding also confirmed that Harris had an affair with an 18-year-old MCC student and they conceived a child in 1998.

Attorney Leigh Ann Key represents Mrs. Harris and she says her client didn't want any of this out in the public and remained silent for three years, until Mr. Harris went to the media.

"And she knew about him being head of security and then this girl having this baby," Key told Newscenter 11. "She could have easily called a press conference; she could have easily gone and talked to the people at the W and she could have spoken to the people at the W and she could have spoke out and said this happened in Meridian, but she didn't. She did not want to hurt her husband and she has remained silent throughout all of this."

Mr. Harris also said during his Monday news conference that he would make the deposition available to his constituents. Key said she will file a petition to ask the judge to seal that information, because it is sensitive information and not public record and, she says, is totally irrelevant.


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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 11:34 PM
    are there anymore candidates runing? what are the issues in this race? im sick of hearing about this man and his private life!
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    i dont have a dog in this show because i live in the county.but this man sure is getting a lot of press.it sounds like someone really wants to get him out of the race. i wonder why? if i was in the city, i would vote for him. i have followed his tenor and it has been pretty good from what i can see. he has the experience at least. thank god for his grace or we would all be dead and gone.
  • by Lisa Location: ward 5 on May 20, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    Rev. Harris my heart goes out to you if you get lonely just call me! you know me. I will cook you dinner and we can watch a movie. Will somebody tell me what has this man got? I wanna no,must be goooooood. John, MY LIFE IS DRAMA FREE! I no a goooood man when I hear about one! (BAD BOY JOHN HARRIS)
  • by SIBLING Location: WHEREVER on May 18, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    3RD, t-IM GONNA CALL YOU LAME!I GET SO SICK OF PPL LIKE YOU TRYNA PUT GOD INTO STUFF TO JUSTIFY IT! AND I KNO HE IS TIRED OF IT 2. DON'T DRAG HIM N2 YOUR MESS! HOW CAN YOU DESTROY SOMETHING THAT HAS ALREADY HAD A SELF-DESTRUCTION!? U CAN'T LAME! TRIAL SERMON? LAME,LISTEN! SHE SAID WOMENS CONFERENCE!! IM GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL THREE NAME BECAUSE YOUR A STUPID, FOOL, THAT'S LAME! HAHAHA! LAST BUT NOT LEAST, loretta-I'LL CALL YOU, IDIOIT! DEAD BEAT MOTHERS!? AWW...MAN...HERE WE GO AGAIN....YOU COULD BE A DEAD BEAT 4 ALL WE KNOW IDIOIT! AND DID GWEN RAISE YOU.. I MEAN, YOUR SUCH AN IDIOIT! OR MAYBE BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T RAISE YOU, YOUR MAD BECAUSE YOUR LIFE WASN'T AS GOOD AS HER KIDS ARE! YOUR SUCH AN IDIOIT! Now I'M NOT A MEAN PERSON, BUT SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST STUPID, FOOLS, LAMES, OR IDIOITS! SO I MUST ADDRESS THE,..BY THE WAY JOHN HARRIS, YOU SHOULD GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC (ON THE HIGHWAY!) FEEL FREE TO COMMENT...BECAUSE I CAN'T WAIT TO RESPOND....YAY!!! PEACE!
  • by Anonymous Location: Lauderdale County on May 18, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    I wonder if the state knows anything about Mission Meridian? Would WTOK investigate? I wish Mr. Jones good luck in Jackson.
  • by Theo Location: Meridian on May 17, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    If Mr. Harris won't tell where the donated money goes for Mission Meridan, ask Charlotte Scott,Johnnie Loper or Kathy Spells.
  • by Betty Location: Ward 5 Meridian on May 17, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    OK Lets see the books on Mission Meridian. Looks like an origination to benefit Mr Harris and his ladies. WTOK is just doing their job so leave them out of your troubles. Mr Harris, you dug a hole and just kept on digging. So just pull the dirt in on top and go away. We need honest and ethical law makers to govern our city and state. This is not Washington. Congratulations to Bobby Smith for city Council and Mr young to District 82.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    doing thier job? right. mr harris has been the one that has been the center of the news in meridian for the past two months, why?oh, they wer doing their job.is this the only job that they have had to do?mistakes and foolishness.mike what does mission meridian have to do with this race?where does the money go that all non-profits go? oh i know, its something that mr harris is involved in.their are many non-profits in town that will get some attention REAL SOON.lets see if wtok will do their job and report ALL NEWS.AND ALL OF THE NEWS ABOUT ALL THINGS.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    Good question what does Mission Meridian do? Maybe somebody can tell Mr. Harris to hold a press conference for that
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on May 15, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    All of the blame goes to Mr. Harris. Let's not forget "Mr.Helping Hands" that this was all caused by the "non press" conference called by Mr. Harris. If he had just shut up and left it all alone we would not be posting. WTOK is just doing its job, reporting on a story that was started by a Mr. Harris. Don't blame the media for your own mistakes and foolishness Mr. Harris. That is a good question about Mission Meridian, does anyone have a clue?
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