Thursday, October 25, 2012

Judge Orders Mitt Romney’s Testimony in Divorce case of Staples founder to be Unsealed

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October 25, 2012

The previous two October Surprises were a bust, but attorney Gloria Allred had a surprise of her own. Ms. Allred’s client – the ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg — has thus far been prevented from any discussion of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s testimony in the couple’s bitter divorce.

A Massachusetts court ruled Thursday that Romney’s testimony can be released to the media. The media has been reporting that Romney lied under oath which resulted in financially devastating his friend’s ex-wife.

The judge did not lift the gag order on Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, which would have allowed her to discuss what transpired during the divorce proceedings.

The AP reports: A probate and family court judge on Thursday said she will allow the release of Romney’s testimony. But the judge refused to rule on whether to lift an order prohibiting Maureen Sullivan Stemberg and her ex-husband from commenting on Romney’s testimony or his interactions with them during the divorce.

Allred said she’ll file a motion as early as next week seeking to lift the order.

Staples was founded with backing from Romney’s firm, Bain Capital. Tom Stemberg spoke in glowing terms about Romney at the GOP convention in August.

The transcribed documents will be released to the Globe shortly.