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Oklahoma Supreme Court returns Ed Shadid secrecy case to divorce judge

Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid is running for Oklahoma City mayor. The Oklahoman first asked a judge by a letter in September to unseal Shadid's divorce records. Shadid, in November, asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block the judge from holding a scheduled hearing.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Modified: December 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: December 9, 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Monday The Oklahoman can seek access to mayoral candidate Ed Shadid's secret divorce records by filing a motion with his divorce judge.

In one of the sealed filings, Shadid invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

“All of this current litigation and expense demonstrates the very reason why courts should rarely take the drastic measure of sealing public records,” Justice Steven Taylor wrote in a concurring opinion.

“After the records are sealed, those seeking to protect the public interest are required to go to great time and expense to view what were once public records. This issue should be resolved by a hearing forthwith. That was this trial judge's original plan,” Taylor wrote.

Shadid, a Ward 2 city councilman, is seeking to keep his divorce records secret.

“We will file a motion as early as Tuesday afternoon with Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond to request the opening of the divorce records. We believe the interest of the public will prevail over secrecy,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group.

The Oklahoman first asked the judge by a letter in September to unseal the records. Shadid in November asked the Supreme Court to block the judge from holding a scheduled hearing.

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>>Read: Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid still fighting to keep past secret (Published Dec. 8, 2013)

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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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