Okla. court takes OPUBCO case over sealed records

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Updated: 12/10/2013 10:32 am Published: 12/10/2013 10:24 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to take jurisdiction of a case by the parent company of The Oklahoman that seeks sealed divorce records of Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Edward Shadid II.

The court said in a Monday order that the Oklahoma Publishing Company has the right to pursue records that a lower court sealed and that it is likely a similar case could arise again.

The court says the judge in the case agreed in 2007 to a joint motion by Shadid and his ex-wife to seal the record.

Justices Yvonne Kauger and Steven Taylor wrote that - with some exceptions - court records are public records and there is no provision in the state Open Records Act to allow parties to simply agree to seal a public record.

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