Former District Attorney Walter Reed’s divorce from his second wife in 2004 has been sealed for nearly 11 years, but that doesn’t mean no one has seen it.
A grand jury that has been investigating Reed apparently viewed the divorce records on Aug. 28, according to a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The subpoena, which was sent to St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court Malise Prieto on Aug. 13 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, sought all the documents connected to the divorce that was made final on Nov. 4, 2004, as well as any financial statements and public records requests in the sealed file.
Other subpoenas in the investigation were sent to Leo Hemelt, a former assistant district attorney who sometimes filled in for Walter Reed in his work for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital, WVUE-TV, and to the Castine Center, where Reed held a political fundraiser.
But now, anyone can see records of the divorce that dissolved Walter Reed’s 13-year marriage to attorney Shawn Craddock Reed. Judge William Burris unsealed the records in an order dated Thursday, at the agreement of both parties and their legal counsel. The move followed a request by an attorney for WWL-TV.
The original order to seal the divorce, dated March 29, 2004, cited potentially sensitive information, as well as the desire of both parties to amicably resolve their differences.
Nothing startling emerges from the record, however. Shawn Reed kept the couple’s Covington home, which is on the market for $2.875 million, plus her law office on North Columbia Street and all interest in her law firms and proceeds from any litigation for which she was counsel. She was to pay Walter Reed $200,000 as his half share of the net equity in the couple’s law office on N. Columbia Street.
He kept another Covington house, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air and his pension from the District Attorney’s Office.
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This story was altered on March 17, 2015 to reflect that the $200,000 payment was for Walter Reed’s share in the net equity of the office property.