This page is about the Oklahoma Supreme Court justice. If you are looking for information on the federal judge for the Eleventh Circuit, please see James L. Edmondson.
|Current Court Information:|
|Oklahoma Supreme Court|
|Title: || Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Brad Henry|
|Active: || 2003-2020|
|Chief: || 2009-2011|
|Past post: || Judge, Oklahoma District 15|
|Past term: || 1983-2003|
|Past post 2: || Attorney, Private practice|
|Past term 2: || 1981-1983|
|Undergraduate: || Northeastern State University, 1967|
|Law School: || Georgetown Law School, 1973|
|Military service: || U.S. Navy|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Retention vote: ||792,216|
|Retention vote %: ||66.9% |
James E. Edmondson is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Brad Henry on December 2, 2003 and was retained by voters on November 7, 2006. He served as chief justice from 2009 to 2011 and was replaced by Justice Steven Taylor. He was retained in 2012 to a term that ends in 2020.
Edmondson received his B.A. degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1967 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1973.
Edmondson was retained with 66.9% of the vote in the general election on November 6th.
- See also: Oklahoma judicial elections, 2012
Edmondson is the son of Ed Edmondson, a former U.S. Congressman, and June Edmondson, a nephew of former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor J. Howard Edmondson, and the brother of Drew Edmondson.
In the news
Sara Edmondson crimes
Judge Edmondson's daughter, Sarah Edmondson was released on parole in 2010 for for her role in a crime spree with her boyfriend which included a murder and robbery in Mississippi, and a robbery and attempted murder in Louisiana.  At the time, both she and her boyfriend were 18 years of age and on hallucinogenic drugs. The movie, "Natural Born Killers," inspired the couple to set out on what they planned to be a killing spree that left one person dead and another paralyzed from the neck down. Judge Edmondson and his wife were named as co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by the attempted murder victim, because they owned the gun allegedly used in the spree.
- See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Edmondson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.48, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.33 that justices received in Oklahoma. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice but rather, an academic gauge of various factors.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, Chief Justice James E. Edmondson, District No. 7
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 News OK, "Voters retain Oklahoma's Supreme Court justices, appeals judges," November 6, 2012
- ↑ See Judicial selection in Oklahoma
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice James E. Edmondson (OK)
- ↑ Oklahoma State Election Board: Official 2012 General Election Results
- ↑ Oklahoma.gov: Candidates for General Election, November 6, 2012 Scroll to p.13
- ↑ Muskogee Phoenix, "Remember the Edmondson song? Lots do", May 24, 2007
- ↑ Tulsa World, "Oklahoma Supreme Court justice's daughter released from prison", May 19, 2010
- ↑ Crime Library
- ↑ State of Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit
- ↑ Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012