Divorce documents reveal drugs, bizarre comments
Oklahoma City, Okla. – Divorce records tucked away since 2007 are now open to the public.
The documents reveal details never seen before of Oklahoma City Mayoral Candidate Ed Shadid.
Thousands of pages filed in several boxes filled the Court Clerk’s office as News Channel Four poured through the pages of Shadid’s divorce proceedings.
His ex-wife stood behind him Thursday night when he warned reporters waht would come with the release of their divorce documents.
Inside the paperwork, you learn of his struggle with drugs like LSD and Ectacy.
Not something voters expected of the mayor candidate.
“I do think that if you’re running for a public office, I think that should be disclosed, and the voters have a right to know the track record of who they’re voting for,” said Ariane Hyatt.
Court transcripts say Shadid told a judge he went to rehab at age 18 and again in 2005. Thursday night, he explained further to reporters.
“After my brother’s death in 2004,” said Shadid, “I hit rock bottom.”
Many of the divorce documents centered around Shadid’s battle for custody of his children. At one point, his ex-wife accused him of making outlandish, even bizarre statements regarding his children when he explained how important staying sober is to him.
She accused him of saying, “Just kill the kids if I ever, if I ever go back…”
Shadid’s campaign sent us this statement: “The allegation was unproven and disputed. I have no recollection of ever saying those words. The children’s attorney, Dr. John Hall, psychologist and attorney found that I should have my children 50 percent of the time.”
Attorney Keith Magill says it’s not uncommon for divorce cases to get ugly.
“They can, and usually when that is the case there’s been some sort of either tramaritc event or diagnosis of mental health issues or addiction issues, things like that that can come from that,” said Magill.
When it came to his mental health records, Shadid asserted his Fifth Amendment rights which protect him from disclosing information that could incriminate him.
A journey Shadid said wouldn’t be easy to relive.
Although it’s going to be painful,” said Shadid, “I pray that some good will come from a discussion of what addiction can do to families.”
While he hopes this document release can help others, his supporters say he’s a changed man.
Now, can other voters separate his past from the present race for mayor?
“I would be able to seperage marriage problems, drug problems might be another issue,” said Hyatt. “Just becuase if it’s a habit, it’s addictive. That’s something you have to take into account. That person is running our city.”