A judge Friday made public Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid’s divorce records.
The Oklahoman sought the records after the Ward 2 city councilman announced in August he is running for mayor. Reporters plan to review the records once the court clerk makes them available.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond agreed to release the records .
Shadid and his ex-wife had opposed opening up the records but they did not show up for a scheduled hearing Friday. They had argued information in the divorce file will harm their three children.
Hammond sealed most of the divorce records in the case in 2007 after granting the divorce. In one of the sealed filings, Shadid invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
"The Supreme Court made it very clear that there are very few circumstances where sealing is appropriate," the judge said.
She said she had concerns about whether one specific document should remain under seal but opened it because Shadid did not appear Friday.
"This is not just a victory for The Oklahoman," said the newspaper's attorney Robert Nelon. "It is a victory for the public. That's why The Oklahoman filed the motion they did because these are public records and the public is entitled to know what is in them ... especially because Dr. Shadid is both a public official as a sitting councilman and an announced candidate for the office of mayor."
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