Will explosive details from divorce case of ex-Staples CEO stop Romney becoming president? Allred 'heads to court to unseal Republican candidate's sworn testimony' Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller, Hayley Peterson
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's character will be called into question if explosive details of his sworn testimony at the divorce hearing of former Staples CEO Tom Stemberg, are released to the public today, it has been claimed. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who has promised an 'October surprise', is due in court in Canton, Massachusetts this morning for an application to have case records unsealed and a gagging order on all parties involved lifted. The Boston Globe newspaper filed the application after reportedly receiving a tip-off that there was 'juicy information about Romney' in the sealed documents. The revelations are said
Well, this is Massachusetts. I'm not hopeful that there will be a judge with his/her head screwed on straight.
My hope is that Gloria Allred and Donald Trump announce at the same time and cancel each other out.
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Mass Minority, 10/24/2012 8:38:13 AM (No. 8957461)
The records were sealed for a reason. Often the settlement is "guaranteed" by the gag orde. If you start rumors or write a tell all you have to pay back the settlement money. As such the records cannot be unsealed until ALL the involved parties have a chance to appear and argue in court.
That has clearly not happened in this "emergency" hearing. The fact that a Judge agreed to even hold such a kangaroo circus is scary. Even in the heat of an historic election the rule of law MUST hold. I cannot see how this even hiints at equal protection. If this is a custody matter unsealing records so they can all be dragged through the mud on a national stage would hardly seem to be in the best interests of the child.
It would be surprising if there were any info about Romney in these records, as he was testifying about someone else; the case was not about him. The only thing is his testimony could be twisted to claim he was anti-women. I'm waiting for Donald Trump.
This isn't about Romney. Allred knows that her chances are next to none. She is seeking publicity (business in the sexist business must be slow) and to make sure those that support anyone but the socialist of choice will be brutally attacked.
I'm pretty sure most people won't decide who runs this country by anything in a divorce case. Just a trashy ambulance chaser trying to stay in front of the cameras. When I see her (Allred) promoting a cause, I automatically take the opposite side.
Perhaps there was a time when what Gloria Allred said mattered, but since it has been exposed that the MSM and pond scum like Allred lie through their teeth most of the time, it really doesn't matter what grand revelation she's got.
We have seen Mitt Romney and we have seen the Left. There is no damage this harridan can do to Mitt.
"Mr Romney reportedly testified about Mr Stemberg's role as a father to his four sons from two ex-wives during court proceedings surrounding his 'messy' divorce from first wife Maureen."........ How could Romney testify against two ex-wives at the first divorce? This hit does not pass the smell test.
Whenever a young, innocent person suffers an untimely death....by illness, accident, or at the hand of another....I wonder "why him" or "why her," when I see people like Allred, the lowest of life forms, being rewarded with old age.
How is there any juicy detail about Romney in a court document where he is testifying about someone else in their divorce trial? What is it with 0bama campaigns and unsealing other peoples divorce records?
#24 is absolutely right. In Democrat Chicago, Obama's "people" got the divorce records of his opponent unsealed. I believe the guy's name was Ryan who dropped out of the race in disgrace. Obama went on to win his race to United States Senate.
And now here comes the nasty Ms. Alred, galloping her way up to the microphone to sling her poop like an outraged chimpanzee...in a really bad wig.
Mark Helprin explained that it was Gov Romney testifying about how much Staples was worth. Stock values, etc. Gov Romney has said privately he would be ok with unsealing his testimony. This is more about Allred.
This is a replay from the Chicago playbook. Reference Illinois senate race where a California judge unsealed the divorce records of Mr. & Mrs (hot Jeri) Ryan (against the express wishes of both) so that nasty accusations could be made, prompting Mr. Ryan to withdraw from the race. Guess who benefited from that little action?
Mitt said that he has no issues with the information coming to light. This is a stupid play by Allred. When you throw dirt, some of it will be thrown back at you. And her love, Obama has enough mud from his past to bury him.
This is Axelrod's favorite tactic -- pursuit of sealed divorce/custody court records. The Chicago Obama machine did this to Blair Hull in the 2004 Senatorial primary, and again against Jack Ryan (R) in the general election with the help of a trial court judge more interested in electing Obama than protecting children. Without this tool, Obama would have been defeated in his Senate seat bid.
The difference, now, of course, is that Romney was merely a witness. That won't matter to the Prog faithful, of course, as a smear is a smear . . . . This resounds on the same frequency as the the word "binder". If the latter is enough to work you up into a lather, so will the former.
Testimony in court is just the witness telling what they saw or their take on the situation. It has nothing to do with the character of that person. Gloria Allred is trying to stir up nothing with empty hands. Mrs. Cow
FTA: "'Governor Mitt Romney gave sworn testimony about his observations of Tom's role as a father to his four sons.' And Maureen Stemberg apparently remains extremely bitter about his part in her divorce, posting last month: 'I know the man and his wife. President Obama the only one to be our President!'"
Records can be unsealed if there is a compelling reason. One such reason is the public's right to know under the First Amendment. This comes about when a news media wants to know about a politician. The courts find that such is grounds for unsealing records because of the public's right to know in order to properly exercise their civic duty (as in We The People). Too bad conservative papers didn't try this with BHO. Just mud slinging by a dem operative that hopes to stir up trouble where there is none and keep her name in the public while she's at it. The timing appears to be designed to only stir up trouble. Since the Gov. was only a witness I don't see how there could be a compelling issue.
Backing up what #33 wrote, here is the quote from Halperin's article in Time: "Robert Jones, an attorney at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, who is representing Romney in this matter told TIME in a statement, 'This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.'"
Ms. Allred, what happened to the poor defenseless women "damaged" by Herman Cain? The Mexican maid you trotted out to smear Meg Whitman in CA so Jerry "Moonbat" Brown could be elected? Talk about women scorned, Ms. Allred, you have waged a war on women for political and personal gain! You, Ms. Allred, are legal hurricane who leaves human debris by the side of the road so you can gain "fame". Pathetic!
RE #45, my guess is that there were stock options, restricted stock units, or some other equity holding to be split in the divorce. In a privately held company, valuing these assets can be a hard thing to do and different appraisers might come up with wide variations in value. I'd guess that Romney gave a valuation based on the business as it was at the time, which may not have been very high. Then later, the stock value increased as time went by. Looking back, doing a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking, the X-wife thinks she has been "cheated" and that the witness "lied" etc. I'd guess that she spent her part of the divorce settlement very quickly and then looked enviously at the X-husband and what he had left in the bank. And she covets what the X-husband has, what the new wife has, and what Mitt Romney has. Bitter, bitter, bitter.
If the records are not unsealed, she may be bitter enough to violate the court order and disclose her stash of documents that she has been holding for just such an occasion and purpose. She apparently tried to do this back when Romney ran for office in MA. Allred is a sleaze bag for helping this bitter, vindictive woman.
Another article called the divorce "extremely contentious." It seems to me the lady(?) wants another bite of the apple.
FTA: It is unclear what if any lump sum she got out of the divorce, but it is known she was awarded 500,000 shares in the company. She later went on to cash in half of these before the company went public - missing out on a huge windfall as stocks soared from $2 to $19.
Romney and her ex-husband were in business together, Romney was called to state the (then current) value of their company, then she was greedy and sold her shares before the company went public and made a huge gain in value. Does she think Romney now owes her $4,250,000 for the shares that she decided to sell too soon?
I am sick of the "Gloria Allreds" of the world and the things that come from dark places especially after 20 + years. Get over it. That people like this threaten the well being of this country is sickening to me. This does not in any way cause me to think any differently of Mitt Romney. The bubble is about to burst and there is going to be a blast of fresh air hit this country.
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