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Secrecy fight before Supreme Court

The Oklahoman is seeking Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid's divorce records.
From Staff Reports Modified: December 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

Dr. Ed Shadid in November asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block an Oklahoma County judge from hearing a request to unseal his divorce case.

The Oklahoman made the request to Special Judge Lisa Hammond in September. A Nov. 15 hearing before the judge was postponed until justices make a decision.

The Oklahoman's attorney, Jon Epstein, told justices, “Shadid is a public official running for office and the public is entitled to seek access to normally public documents about him filed with the court. Those documents may contain information that the voters may want to know so that they may make an informed voting decision in the March election.”

Shadid's attorney, Robert E. Norman, told justices: “One of the primary reasons for sealing the records was that the parties had three very young children, and the parties had determined that many matters in the court file were highly inappropriate matters for the children to be exposed to.”