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Stephen Jones, (July 1, 1940 -), is an attorney and Republican activist from Enid, Oklahomamarker. He is best known for serving as Timothy McVeigh's lead defense lawyer during McVeigh's trial on 11 counts regarding his actions in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombingmarker.


Stephen Jones was born on July 1, 1940 in Lafayette, Louisianamarker. His father was an oil field supplies sales manager and his mother was the bookkeeper for a wealthy financier. Jones grew up in suburban Houstonmarker, received a law degree from the University of Oklahomamarker in 1966 and settled in Enid, Oklahomamarker where he would live for the next 25 years.Jones was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and served as Associate Editor of the Oklahoma Bar Journal from 1979 to 1986. He has been married to his wife Sherril for over 25 years and they have raised four children.

Career prior to the McVeigh case

On May 5, 1970, the day after National Guardsmen had shot and killed four students at Kent State Universitymarker, Keith Green was arrested at the University of Oklahomamarker for carrying a Viet Cong flag in violation of a state law prohibiting the display of a "red flag or emblem of anarchy or rebellion". After 12 lawyers had refused to defend the student, Jones took the case and was promptly dismissed from the Enid, Oklahomamarker law firm where he was employed. Jones argued in court that the disloyalty statute was unconstitutional and the judge dismissed the case, overturning the statute. Later Jones would go on to represent Abbie Hoffman, the radical Yippie, when Oklahoma State Universitymarker refused to let him speak on campus.

In 1975, Jones defended Bobby Wayne Collins who was accused of the worst mass killing in Oklahoma history at the time. Mervin Thrasher (28), his wife Sandra (27), their two young children (Penny (5) and Robert (18mos)) were senselessly murdered in their four room farm home one mile north of Woodward Oklahoma. Collins was found guilty and sentenced to death for the brutal crime. On appeal in 1977, Jones successfully had Collin’s death sentence commuted to a life sentence. Bobby Wayne Collins is scheduled for a parole hearing in July 2009.

Jones ran unsuccessfully for public office four times, including a U.S. Senate race against David Boren in 1990.

Subsequent career

Jones is serving as the attorney for Jordan Edmund, a former House page involved in the Mark Foley scandal. He also served as the defense lawyer for Raye Dawn Smith in the trial concerning the rampant abuse and eventual murder of her daughter Kelsey Smith-Briggs.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • 1966, Oklahoma
  • 1969, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • 1970, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals, *District of Columbia
  • 1979, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • 1980, U.S. Claims Court
  • 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • "John W. Davis," Oklahoma Law Review Vol. 27 No. 1, Winter, 1974
  • "The Case Against Presidential Impeachment," Oklahoma Bar Association Journal, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Form Book, 1974
  • "Oklahoma Politics," Vol. I, 1907-1962
  • "Was President Nixon Guilty: The Case For The Defense," Oklahoma Bar Association Journal, Winter 1978
  • "Vernon's Oklahoma Forms, 2d: Criminal Law, Practice & Procedure," West Group, 1999
  • "U.S. v. McVeigh: Defending the 'Most Hated Man in America,'" Oklahoma Law Review Vol. 51 No. 4, Winter, 1998
  • "A Lawyer's Ethical Duty to Represent the Unpopular Client," Chapman Law Review Vol. 1 No. 1. Spring, 1998
  • "Representing Timothy McVeigh", Litigation, Spring, 2002, Vol. 28, Number 3.

Professional Positions

  • Chester Bedell Memorial Lecturer, "The Independence of American Lawyers," The Florida Bar, 1999.
  • Assistant Professor, University of Oklahomamarker, 1973-1976
  • Adjunct Professor, Phillips University, 1983-1990
  • Secretary, Minority Conference, Texas Legislature, 1960-1961
  • Assistant to Honorable Richard Nixon, New York, 1964
  • Administrative Assistant, Congressman Paul Findley, Washington, D.C., 1966-1969
  • Legal Assistant to Governor of Oklahoma, 1967
  • Member, U.S. Delegation to NATOmarker (North Atlantic Assembly), 1968
  • Special Assistant District Attorney, 1977
  • Member, State Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, 1979-1981
  • Special United States Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1979 *Special Counsel to the Governor of Oklahoma, 1995
  • Member, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Advisory Committee on Court Rules, 1980
  • Judge of Temporary Division, Oklahoma Court of Appeals, 1982
  • Republican Nominee, United States Senate, 1990



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