Another Gloria Allred client got her way in a Massachusetts court this morning. Sort of.
The court ruled that the 1991 Mitt Romney testimony in Staples’ founder Tom Stemberg’s divorce case can be released to the media. What the court didn’t rule on is whether Allred’s client, Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, can talk about that testimony.
And Allred said the transcripts “don’t mean much unless my client can speak about them.”
“She needs to give her view about Governor Romney,” Allred said of Sullivan Stemberg, speaking outside court today.
The motion to release the testimony came from the Boston Globe Oct. 15, along with a request that the gag order on Sullivan Stemberg be removed.
But the Globe reported that its legal team opted not to pursue the motion releasing Sullivan Stemberg from the confidentiality agreement after Tom Stemberg said he no longer objected to making the testimony public.
Allred, who has made a name in high-profile cases that include women’s rights issues, said she was “more than disappointed” about the Globe’s decision.
“I was actually led to believe by the notice of the motion that the second part they would also be pursuing,” she said. “However, for some reason only known to them, they decided not to pursue it.”
Allred maintained that even with the transcripts in hand – copies of which she and her client provided because the court had destroyed the original records – reporters and the public would not be able to understand their full implications for Romney.
Allred is pursuing her own motion to get Sullivan Stemberg released from the confidentiality agreement but did not know when the court might be ready to consider that case.
Allred said she will release copies of the transcripts to the media after they are prepared, but warned it could take hours to ensure that only Romney’s testimony is included.
Romney’s Boston lawyer, Robert Jones, said in a statement, “These tabloid charges being shopped by Gloria Allred, one of President Obama’s most prominent supporters, are absolutely false. Every time a court has reviewed the allegations of her client over the last 24 years, they have been rejected. There is no new information here.”
Allred acknowledged that she is a staunch Obama supporter but said she had not coordinated with the Democratic National Party on this case.
“He will not even say whether he’s in support of the bill that President Obama signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” Allred said of the statute that Obama signed into law in 2009. “Now what kind of man who wants to be president will not even indicate that he is in support of fair pay and equal pay for women on the job? That tells you everything you need to know.”