Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid has made claims this month about his past drug abuse and his invoking of the Fifth Amendment to avoid criminal prosecution that conflict with divorce records just made public.
He also made assertions about episodes of domestic violence that are inconsistent with the records.
Shadid, a spinal surgeon, also lied about his drug use to the state agency that oversees doctors when he first applied for his medical license in 2001 and for years afterward, the records show.
“He spends all of his time living this psychological, strange life,” his then-wife said in testimony in 2006.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond on Friday unsealed their divorce file. The judge ruled in favor of The Oklahoman which sought release of the records on behalf of itself and the public.
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The judge granted Shadid and his ex-wife, Dina Hammam, a divorce in 2007 and sealed the file that year at their request. They had wed in New York City in 2000.
His ex-wife has endorsed his run for mayor, saying he is a changed man. Shadid said in a statement Thursday, “I'm asking the people of Oklahoma City for your forgiveness as I've asked God for the same.”
Shadid, a Ward 2 city councilman, announced in August he would run for mayor. He has talked during his campaign of a past marijuana addiction and said he has been in recovery for many years.
Recently, he went further, acknowledging he also used cocaine, LSD and Ecstasy and that he was violent in front of his wife.
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He insisted, though, in an email Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police that marijuana “was the only drug at issue during our marriage and in front of the court.”
That statement conflicts with records that show his cocaine use came up during the divorce case.
In a court hearing in August 2005, Hammam testified specifically about two times her husband used cocaine during their marriage.
“Basically he told me that he freebased cocaine with a male prostitute in San Francisco while I was away at a wedding in Switzerland,” she testified about the first time.
The couple lived in San Francisco for awhile after they wed in 2000.
“He told me ... the first time because the male prostitute buzzed us and announced his name and I asked, ‘Who is this?' And he was begging this guy to go away and told me who he was,” she said.
She testified he also told her about using cocaine with other adults in a hotel in Las Vegas after he and his brother traveled there about four weeks before the brother died “of a cocaine overdose in October of 2004.”
“He ... told me that he'd used for 24 hours, and that it just practically killed him,” she testified.
Hammam's attorney brought up the cocaine issue at the hearing to support her claim that Shadid was an unfit parent.
On the Fifth Amendment, Shadid invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination during a deposition in June 2005, records show. He was instructed to invoke the Fifth Amendment by his divorce attorney.
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
In TV interviews Dec. 8 and in a news release, he said: “My invocation of the Fifth Amendment during my divorce proceedings was related solely to the question of whether I used marijuana many years ago.”
That statement conflicts with an excerpt from the deposition that shows he also at one point didn't answer a question about cocaine use during his marriage. His attorney said, “Same instruction.”
It also conflicts with a 2006 legal document showing another attorney, Josh Welch, invoked the Fifth Amendment on Shadid's behalf to keep from disclosing admissions he made during drug abuse treatment and to a psychiatrist.
Welch, then a prominent criminal defense attorney, specifically argued that any admission Shadid made about viewing pornography might be used against him in a criminal case. Shadid testified in 2006 he hired Welch because of false allegations of physical abuse and sexual abuse.
About domestic violence, Shadid told the FOP in the email that “Dina was never physically harmed.”
That statement conflicts with her testimony in a 2006 deposition that Shadid choked her.
It also conflicts with her testimony at the court hearing in August 2005. “I ... wish to say that I suffered physical abuse at the hands of my husband,” she said then.
The records show that police were called to their home twice in 2004. Police were called because Hammam was fearful of her husband, attorney Chris Batson wrote in a 2005 legal filing.
Shadid denied during the divorce proceedings that he ever struck Hammam.
“Absolutely not,” he said in his June 2005 deposition.
“Do you deny striking her within hours of your wedding?” attorney Jon Hester asked.
“Well, define strike her,” he replied.
“Did you hit her with ... your hand or your arm?” Hester asked.
“No, she hit me,” he said.
Shadid did admit he once pushed her. “She was drunk and running at me off of her bed, and I threw her back onto her bed,” he said.
He also admitted that he threw a chair out of frustration during a heated exchange in front of the children, kicked the wall another time and destroyed a lamp. He testified all three events occurred within three to four weeks of his brother's death.
In seeking his medical license in 2001, Shadid on his application reported he had not been addicted to or used in excess any drug within the past two years.
He also denied any drug abuse or addiction in the past year when he renewed his license in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He admitted drug abuse on his application for the first time in May 2005 after he had sought treatment.
He has acknowledged using cocaine in 2000 and to having been addicted to marijuana for “many years” before seeking treatment in 2005.
“He has ... made false statements to the medical licensing board in Oklahoma,” Hammam's attorney told a judge in 2006.
The attorney alleged Shadid lied when he did not disclose to the board that he tested positive for marijuana in 1999 during his residency program at a hospital in New York City.
The divorce documents provide new insight into the extent of Shadid's marijuana use before he sought treatment for three months at the Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta, Ga., in January 2005, after his wife filed for legal separation.
“I know because he was a chimney,” Hammam testified in August 2005 about his marijuana use during their marriage.
“I mean, he regularly would even come home sometimes ... at lunch, he would come for 15 minutes to get high and then go back to work ... he smoked in front of me. He smoked it around the children.
“It was an issue from Day One,” she testified. “I was shocked. I was horrified. It was demonizing our relationship and our marriage. ... I would beg him — beg him to quit. I asked him thousands of times, and he would promise, and I just couldn't get him to stop, and finally I had to put my foot down.”
In his June 2005 deposition, Shadid said he first used marijuana when he was 16 and first used hallucinogens when he was 17. He said he went to a 28-day treatment program outside of San Antonio when he was 18 primarily because of his hallucinogens use.
“It wasn't so much the marijuana. It was more hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy and things like that that just made it impossible to perform my duties in school,” he said.
The documents also provide new information about his pornography use.
“He would sleep with the girls in the room alone,” Hammam testified in November 2006. “He watched porn in front of the girls while they were in the room.”
In her 2006 deposition, she said, “Ed is an addict by nature. Ed is a sex addict by nature and has not come clean about that.”
She also described him as a violent “rageaholic.”