OU's SAE chapter alumni hires attorney Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones, who served as lead defense attorney during Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing trial, talks with the media outside the Federal Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Okla., in this 2014 file photo.

The alumni board of the University of Oklahoma's now defunct Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter has hired attorney Stephen Jones, according to multiple media outlets, following a week of controversy for the Greek organization.

The hiring comes on the heels of fallout after a video of SAE members repeating a racist chant surfaced and went viral on social media.

The chapter's charter was revoked by the fraternity's national organization, the group's house was shut down by the university and two students, Parker Rice and Levi Pettit, identified as having a leading role in the chant, were expelled from school Tuesday in connection with the matter.

OU President David Boren has said he emphasizes zero tolerance for "threatening racist behavior" at the university.

Jones, who received a law degree from OU in 1966, served as lead defense attorney during Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing trial in 1997.

Jones also ran against Boren for U.S. Senate in 1990 and once represented Abbie Hoffman when Oklahoma State University refused to let the political activist speak on campus.

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