Thursday, January 30, 2003

Welch wants quiet divorce

The Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Former General Electric Co. Chairman Jack Welch, who has suffered embarrassing disclosures in his divorce case, is seeking a court order to keep his pretrial testimony and other documents confidential.

A hearing on the issue was planned for today. Welch, who retired from GE in 2001, is not expected to attend, said his attorney, Samuel Schoonmaker.

Attorneys for his estranged wife, Jane Welch, denounced the move as a violation of her free speech rights.

Under the motion, filed this month, the parties would be prevented from disclosing any pretrial discovery materials. But it does not seek to seal the court file or to preclude the public or media from attending any court hearing or trial, Schoonmaker said.

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