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Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid's divorce records were made public Friday.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Published: December 21, 2013

The judge who opened Ed Shadid's divorce file to the public said she considered not releasing one legal document in the “interest of justice.”

Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond went ahead and opened it though when Shadid did not appear at the hearing Friday.

The judge identified the document as one containing three graphic statements attributed to Shadid about violence he hoped would happen if he couldn't achieve sobriety. Dina Hammam's attorney disclosed in the 2006 legal brief that the statements had been electronically recorded.

“We have made the decision to not publish certain comments made by Dr. Shadid. They were so egregious and vile we deemed them unacceptable to print in this newspaper,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group.

The Oklahoman had asked for the records to be open. Shadid did not appear at the hearing Friday even though he earlier had said release of the information would harm his children.

“They are using tactics in which they want to unseal the entirety of a family's divorce proceedings in a way that will ensure my 9-, 10- and 12-year-old children will be harmed and I'm not going to allow that to happen,” Shadid said in one TV interview Dec. 8.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Robby Trammell
Assistant Managing Editor
Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for...
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