The alumni of a University of Oklahoma (OU) frat disgraced by allegations of extreme racism are considering suing the university, and have found just the person they need: An attorney known for representing the country’s most violent white supremacist.
Stephen Jones, who was the court-appointed defense attorney for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, was hired Thursday night to represent the Oklahoma branch of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). The fraternity was abolished by SAE’s national organization and kicked out of its house on OU’s campus after a video leaked last weekend of members singing a violently racist song. Further bad publicity for the house has emerged in recent days, such as a video of the “house mom” repeatedly using the n-word at a party.
Now, the house’s board of directors appears to be preparing to fight back against the university’s efforts to suppress it.
Jones told a local NBC affiliate that the fraternity is still exploring its options, but that a lawsuit is on the table. The way the fraternity was hounded off campus, he said, branded every member of SAE as a bigot, even those not involved with the song in any way. Jones also accused the university of exploiting the incident for its own benefit. (RELATED: Oklahoma: Tough On Racism, Weak On Assault, Burglary)
SAE isn’t just considering a lawsuit against OU, but also one directly against President David Boren. Boren has acted decisively since the video leaked, kicking SAE off the campus within a day and summarily expelling two students. (RELATED: OU Could Be Making A Huge Mistake With Its Expulsions)
Jones is only representing the local chapter of SAE, as the organization has cut off all contact with the national organization. Jones also is not representing Parker Rice or Levi Pettit, the two expelled students.
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