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James Edmondson

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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.

James Edmondson
Current Court Information:
Oklahoma Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
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 in private practice
Past term 2:   1981-1983
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Northeastern State University, 1967
Law School:   Georgetown Law School, 1973
Military service:   U.S. Navy
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Oklahoma
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  792,216
Retention vote %:  66.9% ApprovedA

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.[1] He was retained in 2012 to a term that ends in 2020.[2][3]


Edmondson received his B.A. from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1967 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1973.[4]




Edmondson was retained with 66.9 percent of the vote in the general election on November 6th.[5][2][6]

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.[7]

In the news

Sarah Edmondson crimes

Judge Edmondson's daughter, Sarah Edmondson was released on parole in 2010 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.[8] 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.[9]

Political ideology

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 an academic gauge of various factors.[10]

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