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.
Shadid said Thursday night he and his ex-wife would not appear because it was futile — that the judge already had decided to open the file without hearing the merits of the case. The judge Friday said she had not made up her mind beforehand.
“This court did not have an opinion in total until reading everything and awaiting arguments on specific issues,” Hammond said.
Shadid's decision not to show up Friday was the final twist in the dispute over release of the records.
The Oklahoman first asked for the records in a letter to the judge in September. Shadid in November tried to get the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block the judge from having a hearing at all.
The Supreme Court Dec. 9 directed the judge to go ahead and hold a hearing once The Oklahoman filed a legal motion. Justices agreed the newspaper couldn't make its request just by sending a letter.
After the Supreme Court ruled, Shadid did not fight any further. Instead, he released testimony made during his divorce proceedings to a website that has been supportive of him. He also gave an interview about what was in the divorce records to an Oklahoma City weekly newspaper.