Oklahoma Supreme Court Vice-Chief Justice - James E. Edmondson

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Professional Career

Vice-Chief Justice James E. Edmondson (born in Kansas City, MO) was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Governor Brad Henry on December, 2, 2003. He had served as District Judge for District 15 since 1983. Prior to his position as District Judge, Edmondson was a partner in the Edmondson Law Office (1981-1983) with his brother Attorney General Drew Edmondson. In Oklahoma’s Eastern District, he served as Acting U.S. Attorney (1980-1981), and as Assistant U.S. Attorney (1978-1980). Edmondson also served as Muskogee County’s Assistant District Attorney (1976-1978).


Edmondson received his B.A. degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1967. He then served in U.S. Navy for two years (1967-1969) before attending Georgetown Law where he received his law degree in 1973.


Edmondson has lived in Oklahoma for 55 years. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two grown children. He is the son of Ed Edmondson, a former U.S. Congressman, and June Edmondson. His is also a nephew of former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor J. Howard Edmondson, and the brother of Oklahoma Attorney General - Drew Edmondson.


His daughter, Sarah Edmondson and her boyfriend, Benjamin James Darrus, is currently serving a 35 year prison sentence for their role in a crime spree. The couple were "inspired" by the movie Born Killers while on hallucinogenic drugs and proceeded to murder and rob one man in Mississippi and later attempted rob and murder another in Louisiana. The second victim was 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.

Contact Information

Room 202
State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105.
Telephone: (405) 521-3830