"Cowboy" Bob Macy
Robert H. Macy served as the District Attorney for Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, from 1980 to 2001. During his tenure, he was personally responsible for fifty four (54) death sentences, leading him to become one of America's "deadliest" Prosecutors according to a 2016 Harvard study .
Macy oversaw several high-profile cases, including the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Macy's work on the McVeigh case in particular brought him national attention, as well as Macy's disqualification from OKC bombing accomplice Terry Nichol's case.
However, Macy's aggressive approach to prosecution also drew criticism from some who felt that he was too quick to seek the death penalty and that he sometimes cut corners in pursuit of convictions. His tactics in some cases were later called into question, including his use of jailhouse informants and his alleged withholding of exculpatory evidence, aka: brady violations.
Macy retired in 2001 amid the Oklahoma county crime lab scandal, after more than 20 years as the District Attorney of Oklahoma County. He passed away in 2011.
See also DEAD WRONG IN OKLAHOMA - 2006 Tulsa Law Review Volume 42, Issue 2 The Death Penalty and the Question of Actual Innocence by Randall Coyne.
Bob Macy's Legacy
The ghost of Bob Macy still haunts the courthouses of Oklahoma and is evident today through the application of law from some of his disciples.
Below are some of his known associates.
Over the 20+ years as Oklahoma County's District Attorney, Macy was responsible for the supervision and training of numerous Oklahoma Attorneys and prosecutors. His mentorship, direction, and training has left it's mark on Oklahoma as many of his former colleagues have moved on to powerful positions within Oklahoma's current criminal justice system, carrying with them the potential to apply Macy's views, techniques, or biases in their current roles.
NOTE: The intent of this page is simply to serve as a tool for the public to better understand the professional connections between our public officials in order to encourage the public to conduct their own research, and form their OWN opinions.