James E. Edmondson

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James E. Edmondson
Associate Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court
Assumed office
Appointed by Brad Henry
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater Northeastern State University
Georgetown University Law Center

James E. Edmondson (born 1945) is a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Court's District 7 seat by Governor Brad Henry in 2003.[1]

Early life[edit]

He graduated from Central High School (eventually integrated into Muskogee High School), before attending Northeastern State University.[2] Following graduation from NSU in 1967, he served in the United States Navy for two years.[3] He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. From 1976 to 1978, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Muskogee County, Oklahoma.[4] From 1978 to 1981, he served in the U.S. Attorney's office in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as Assistant U.S. Attorney, and later Acting U.S. Attorney.[5] From 1981 to 1983, he was a Partner in the Edmondson Law Firm along with his brother.[6]


In 1983, he was appointed as Judge for the 15th state Judicial District and served in that post until his appointment to the state supreme court.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Edmondson was born in Kansas City, Missouri,[8] and 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 former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson.

He is married to Suzanne Rumler Edmondson and has two children.[9] His daughter Sarah Edmondson was given a 35-year prison sentence for her role in a crime spree, allegedly inspired by the movie Natural Born Killers, with her boyfriend which included a murder and robbery in Mississippi, and a robbery and attempted murder in Louisiana.[10][11] Sarah Edmondson has been released on parole as of May 20, 2010[12] and will be serving her parole in Oklahoma. Her parole is to end June 1, 2025.


  1. ^ "Chief Justice James E. Edmondson, District No. 7." Oklahoma Supreme Court Biography. Retrieved 10-12-09
  2. ^ "Edmondson named chief justice of Oklahoma Supreme Court." Muskogee Phoenix. November 6, 2008. 10-12-09[dead link]
  3. ^ Oklahoma Supreme Court Biography. Retrieved 10-12-09
  4. ^ Oklahoma Supreme Court Biography. 10-12-09
  5. ^ Oklahoma Supreme Court Biography. Retrieved 10-12-09
  6. ^ Project VoteSmart.org. 10-12-09
  7. ^ Project VoteSmart.org. Retrieved 10-12-09
  8. ^ "James E. Edmondson." Project VoteSmart.org. Retrieved 10-12-09
  9. ^ "Edmondson named chief justice of Oklahoma Supreme Court." Muskogee Phoenix, November 6, 2008. 10-12-09[dead link]
  10. ^ Shapiro, Dean M. "Natural Born Killers." Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. truTV Crime Library. Retrieved 10-12-09
  11. ^ "RCFP: Judge dismisses 'Natural Born Killers' incitement case." Archived June 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. March 13, 2001. 10-12-09
  12. ^ tulsaworld.com

External links[edit]

Official Supreme Court bio