Oklahoma court records sealed in divorce of country singers

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma judge has sealed court documents in this month’s divorce case of country singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1OLrZeS ) reports that the move has raised questions among attorneys over whether state law was broken.

A judge may seal civil, divorce and other normally public court records if a compelling privacy interest outweighs the public’s interest in the records. Under the law, the judge must make public any sealing order. That order in the Shelton-Lambert divorce isn’t public.

Former legislator Aaron Stiles says he wrote the law, which was passed last year by the Legislature, after seeing cases in which a judge sealed divorce records to protect their friends.

Shelton and Lambert were married for four years and had a home together outside Tishomingo.