Joseph Dee Morrissey is a Democrat politician, businessman, and former attorney who has been elected to the Virginia General Assembly from districts including Richmond or surrounding Henrico County, Virginia, for both the House of Delegates and the State Senate. He currently holds the position of representing Virginia’s 16th Senate district after being elected during the 2019 elections. His district includes a significant portion of southern Richmond, as well as all of the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, and parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George counties.
Morrissey has been married twice and has children with multiple women. His second marriage to Myrna Pride, who was 21 at the time of their wedding in 2016, has been mired in controversy and recently took a public turn after Myrna Morrissey called the marriage “The Biggest Mistake of My Life” on Instagram. In this article, we’ll talk about Joe and Myrna’s relationship in detail.
Inside Joe And Myrna’s Controversial Relationship
The relationship between Joe Morrissey and Myrna Pride began when Myrna, who was 17 at the time, started working as an assistant in Morrissey’s Henrico County law firm. They started sleeping together, which led Morrissey to take an Alford plea in 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child.
Even though Morrissey at first denied being the father of their son, who was born in March 2015 when Myrna was 19 years old, he later admitted to being the father. Morrissey admitted to having sexual relationships with Myrna as part of a plea deal after he was found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a child. However, both of them say that no sexual activity took place before she was old enough to do so legally.
The couple married in 2016 and have three children together. Morrissey also has three other children with other women. The relationship has been mired in controversy, including allegations of sexual infidelities and mistreatment by Morrissey, as well as allegations of abuse against Myrna’s boyfriend.
In January 2023, Morrissey reported to Richmond and then Chesterfield police that he had discovered welts on his son’s buttocks, allegedly inflicted by her boyfriend as discipline for disrespecting his mother and refusing to apologize. Myrna then posted a series of allegations on Instagram, detailing the alleged child abuse and accusing Morrissey of mistreatment.
Know About Joe And Myrna’s Separation And Divorce
Although the couple has been separated since 2019, their marital rift became a public battle after Morrissey reported the alleged child abuse. Myrna’s family has stated that the allegations set forth by Morrissey were unfounded and that it was determined by the court that no abuse occurred whatsoever. They claimed that Morrissey abused his power and influence and the legal system.
On the other hand, Morrissey sought and obtained emergency protective orders against his wife and her boyfriend from a Chesterfield magistrate, pending a review the next week. The judge initially approved the orders Morrissey sought against his wife and her boyfriend while denying one that she had sought against him. However, Ms. Morrissey withdrew her request for a protective order the following week.
Recently, Myrna Morrissey took to Instagram to publicly announce her separation from Morrissey and call the marriage “The Biggest Mistake of My Life.” She is seeking a divorce from the 65-year-old lawmaker. Morrissey, who exercises an influential role in the election of judges as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a legislator, especially on criminal justice issues, has twice been disbarred from practicing law in Virginia.
Joe Morrissey’s relationship with Myrna Morrissey has been controversial since its inception. Although they have been separated since 2019, their marital rift became a public battle after Morrissey reported allegations of child abuse. Myrna Morrissey responded with allegations of mistreatment and sexual infidelities. Recently, Myrna Morrissey announced their separation publicly and called the marriage “The Biggest Mistake of My Life.” The couple has three children together, and Morrissey has three other children with other women. Morrissey’s controversial past and present continue to haunt him as he exercises an influential role in the election of judges as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.