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Judge OKs release of Romney divorce case testimony

Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, left, ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg, and her lawyer Gloria Allred, right, arrive at Norfolk County Probate Court Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Canton, Mass. Lawyers for The Boston Globe are to return to court Thursday to argue for the public release of testimony given by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the divorce of Stemberg. Stemberg’s ex-wife. Stemberg’s ex-wife appeared in court with lawyer Gloria Allred and told the judge they do not object to lifting the impoundment order on Romney’s testimony. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Maureen Stemberg Sullivan, left, ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg, and her lawyer Gloria Allred, right, arrive at Norfolk County Probate Court Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Canton, Mass. Lawyers for The Boston Globe are to return to court Thursday to argue for the public release of testimony given by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the divorce of Stemberg. Stemberg’s ex-wife. Stemberg’s ex-wife appeared in court with lawyer Gloria Allred and told the judge they do not object to lifting the impoundment order on Romney’s testimony. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Landmark Aviation at The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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CANTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge will allow the release of testimony by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the decades-old divorce of Staples founder Tom Stemberg.

Lawyers for The Boston Globe argued that the public has a right to know what’s in the testimony.

Attorneys for Romney, Stemberg and Staples did not object to releasing the documents but had asked for a day to review them, which the judge granted.

The hearing resumed Thursday and the judge said it was OK to release the documents.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, representing Stemberg’s ex-wife, also wanted the judge to lift a gag order that prevents Maureen Sullivan Stemberg from discussing the testimony. The judge said the former Mrs. Stemberg needs to file a separate request.

Staples was founded with backing from Romney’s firm, Bain Capital.

Associated Press


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