Romney testimony in friend's divorce focus of court hearing
October 24th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
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Romney testimony in friend's divorce focus of court hearing

Canton, Massachusetts (CNN) – High-profile attorney Gloria Allred appeared Wednesday at a hearing outside of Boston, asking a state judge to unseal testimony Mitt Romney gave during his business colleague's bitter divorce battle more than 20 years ago.

Allred represents Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, the ex-wife of Staples co-founder Tom Stemberg, who worked closely with Romney in the company's development and spoke on the GOP nominee's behalf at the Republican National Convention.

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The Boston Globe petitioned the court on October 15 to release Romney's 1989 testimony, but the judge, Jennifer Ulwick, said Wednesday she believed the documents had been destroyed.

However, Allred and her client, Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, the ex-wife involved in the divorce case, urged the court to agree to the newspaper's request, and, in a surprise move, provided volumes of Romney's testimony to the court.

Allred, however, said she was unable to comment on the content of the sealed testimony or if it could be damaging to Romney's presidential bid.

Stemberg's attorney also admitted to having additional transcripts from the decades-old case.

Robert Jones, the attorney representing Romney was anxious to move forward with the proceeding, and took no position on the openness of future hearings with regards to a camera in the courtroom or if they are open to the public.

"We're in a little bit of a spin cycle and the longer we sit on this the harder it gets," Jones said, adding: "From the governor's stand point, the sooner we get out of here the better."

The judge is giving all parties 24 hours to pore over hundreds of pages of testimony before they meet Thursday at 9 a.m. ET to continue arguing whether the testimony should be made public, as requested by The Boston Globe, Sullivan and Allred.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. iampraying

    How would the President know what was said in a twenty year old case? You should think before speaking–Maybe the ex-wife finally has a chance to pay him back for standing-up for her ex–

    October 24, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. km4candles

    Really, you wait until 2 weeks before the election, to try and open a 20+ year old divorce case? Then you run and get Allred? All you have to do is research this for yourself. The woman got 500,000 worth of Staple stocks plus a lot more $ upon the divorce. Romney testified as the the value of the stocks at the time of the divorce. Staples did not go public until almost 3 years later. Supposedly he valued the stocks at the time at $2.50/share. When it went public almost 3 years later it was $19.00/share. But the woman had already sold her stocks year or so earlier, and now she wanted more. Read the article that was written about her and this case back in the early 2000's. And Romney is not the one that wanted it sealed. He couldn't have asked that it be sealed then anyway. Get real people!

    October 24, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "No, Sniffit, you don't give a rat's HOW criminal, lying, dishonest or vile Romney is, or no matter HOW often he shows those colors in his lying, sociopathic, abusive, selfish behavior. You just can't STAND that a part-black guy is a better man and is in the White House, you racist wad of guano."

    Huh? Please read more carefully (and past the first sentence). I despise Mittens. DESPISE HIM. And my posts here daily attest to that. That doesn't mean we shoudl be off on frolick and detour looking for National Enquirer style dirt on him. We can beat him ON THE ISSUES. Of course, that's why CNN is distracting people with this tripe and doesn't want to report on the issues and doesn't want to be encouraging discussion of the issues on the Ticker. That's why they are avoiding reporting about yhingsd like the Kaiser Family Foundation's study that just came out that found that Mittens and the GOP's plans for Medicaid, encasulated in the House budget they passed, would DESTROY MEDICAID and cause shockwaves throughout the health care industry.

    October 24, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. I Voted Early In NC

    @ all you Romney Zombies- A Boston newspaper requested the transcript be unsealed. As usual you get all bent out of shape before you know any facts. Romney Zombies appear to be under a spell. Did you look deep into Romney's hollow no soul eyes and lose your ability to think for yourselves. Romney Zombies need to be deprogrammed. I for one can think for myself and have lived long enough to know a snake oil salesman when I see one. Some of you Romney Zombies will still lead a miserable pathetic life no matter who is elected. Don't bother responding I am meeting friends for dinner because I have a very happy life.

    October 24, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    What a FARCE!!! Romney would not be the one to determine the value of Staples! The ex-wives attorneys would engage FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS to do that to protect their client. If they did not do that and instead relied on the other party then the attorneys should be sued for malpractice.

    What a total crock of BS this is. My God, Obama and the lefties are truly getting desperate trying to keep that failure in the Whitehouse. Honestly America, are these sleazeballs the people you want running this country?

    BTW, this story is about painting Romney as siding AGAINST A WOMAN.

    October 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Janet

    People... either read and understand the article.

    This has absolutely positively nothing to do with the democrats. Get that through your heads or leave. It's like your intelligence level rivals that of a rock.

    Is it really difficult to understand an article that's 9 paragraphs long? Come on....

    A meteor could come crashing into India in 13 hours and you'd seriously find some way to blame the democrats for it. Either grow up or get out.

    October 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Jonathen K - Do you want a president that lies under oath
    We already had one and his name was BILL CLINTON, the Grand Poobah and Highly Worshipped Leader of the Democrat Party!

    And all the Democrats and libtards said lying under oath was not an issue.

    So what is the issue?????

    October 24, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Anastasia Shoop

    A lot of people get ripped off in their divorce. Women mostly but sometimes men. How is this really news? Everyone can name a person they know who totally got shafted in their divorce settlement.

    October 24, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. 13 days until Obama is RE-ELECTED!! Deal with it GOP trolls...

    @silly liberals – I love watching liberals run around in fear like chickens with no heads. America has seen Romney and Obama and they are running to Romney because they know Obama is nothing but a POS in an empty suit.
    Sorry liberals, but America hates you. Two weeks from now all of you should go to Planned Parenthood and self abort.
    Silly Repugs... you guys don't have the brains to figure out that this has nothing to do with Obama, but you moronics love conspiracy theories and Reality TV. NEWSFLASH – it's Romney that America hates, not liberals. Amurika hates liberals, and those are part of the very same 47% that Mitt the Twit abhors, and wants to self-deport.

    October 24, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Pete

    How come Romneys not being jailed with his son Tagg about the involvement in the 9 billion dollar ponzi scheme he's in with Allan Stanford,he's doing 110 years for the scheme and racketeering.Investigators haven't found the money and the Romneys ain't talking and they'll go after Tagg because the SEC after doing more questioning of others found Tagg lying as well last year to protect his father as well as himself..And talk about job creation ,Romneys Bain just sold off Honeywell of Freeport,Illinois to Sensata of China, I stated last week and Romney profitted some 8 million for the sale and republicans if so informed which you're not ,just who is the Bain CEO is after Romney retired in "99,please chime in ,the excitement is killing me...Ignorence is true bliss isn't it republicans because you're pathedic with people that are knowledgeable!!!

    October 24, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Janet

    @Truth hurts

    Ironically the economy thrived under Clinton

    What else is there to say? You answered your own question. The economy tanked under Regan, both Bush's. The economy thrived under Clinton and is recovering under Obama.

    What exactly else is there to say. Facts are facts. American's number 1 issue is economy. Democrat's help the economy, Republicans hurt it.

    What else is there to say? Really.. what else is there to say? Do you have an answer for Romney's shortfall of $12.7 trillion under his tax plan? do ya do ya do ya?

    October 24, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    Wow, once again the Teapugs are getting all bent out of shape over nothing. They are getting REALLY, REALLY desperate, Just look at truth hurts ramping up on the whining today. Bwahahahaha 1
    Dolts, a Boston paper requested the unsealing, it has nothing to do with Obama. What a clueless mass of jello these right wing nuts have become. Talk about divisive! No Presidential candidate, no VP candidate, no policies or platforms to solve our economic crisis and no chance in Nov. Goodbye.

    October 24, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Cheryl

    Once Obama takes office, the smartest thing he could do is put out and investigation and find out who exactly voted for the Republicans.

    Then from there order every last one of them to go through some intense psychiatric training to determine whether or not they are a threat to both America and its people

    October 24, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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