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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