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He represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh

Representing Timothy McVeigh is Jones' calling card, even if it wasn't a gig he particularly relished. Jones was appointed to lead McVeigh's defense team after several other lawyers dropped out. When McVeigh came to believe Jones was lying to him and botching his defense, he successfully petitioned an appeals court to have Jones fired. Jones would later accuse McVeigh of being the liar.

He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against OU's president

Jones mounted three campaigns for elected office between 1974 and 1980. He was unsuccessful yet again in 1990, when he ran for U.S. Senate as a Republican — against none other than the Democrat incumbent David Boren, the current president of the University of Oklahoma. Jones received just 17 percent of the vote in that election.

He's previously taken on unpopular college-related cases

In 1970 Jones took up the case of Keith Green, who was arrested for carrying a Vietcong flag during an anti-war demonstration at OU just a day after National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University. Jones was fired from the law firm employing him at the time for taking Green's case.

Soon after, Jones represented political activist Abbie Hoffman when Oklahoma State University refused to let him speak there.

He defended another of Oklahoma's worst mass murderers

Before Jones defended Timothy McVeigh, he defended Bobby Wayne Collins. Collins had been convicted of murdering four people — a husband, wife and their two young children — which was Oklahoma's worst mass killing at the time. Jones represented Collins during his appeal in 1977 and successfully got his death sentence reduced to life in prison.

He once worked for Richard Nixon

While attending law school at OU, Jones spent time in New York City working as a research assistant to Richard Nixon before he was elected President.

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