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Judge makes public Oklahoma City mayoral candidate's divorce records

The Oklahoman sought the records of Ed Shadid after the Ward 2 city councilman announced in August he would run for mayor.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Modified: December 21, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: December 20, 2013

A judge Friday made public divorce records that show Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid had a long history of illegal drug use.

The Oklahoman sought the records after the Ward 2 city councilman announced in August he is running for mayor.

“This is not just a victory for The Oklahoman. ... It is a victory for the public,” the newspaper's attorney, Robert Nelon, said. “That's why The Oklahoman filed the motion it 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”

During a five-minute hearing, Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond vacated her 2007 order that sealed from the public most of the records.

She said the Oklahoma Supreme Court “has made it very clear that there are very few circumstances in which sealing is appropriate.”

Shadid and his ex-wife, Dina Hammam, initially had opposed opening the records but they and their attorneys did not show up for the hearing Friday. The parents had argued information in the divorce file will harm their three children.

Shadid, a spinal surgeon, has acknowledged he was addicted to marijuana and has said he has been in recovery for many years.

At a news conference Thursday during a campaign Christmas party, he said, “I'm asking the people of Oklahoma City for your forgiveness as I've asked God for the same.”

He also said Thursday the judge apparently had made up her mind already to open the file.

Friday, the judge said, “Contrary to what Mr. Shadid said in his press conference last evening, this court did not have an opinion in total until reading everything and awaiting arguments on specific issues.”

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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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