District Attorney

 

Jack Thorp, District Attorney, District 27

On Sept, 27, 2017, Governor Mary Fallin  announced the  appointment of Jack Thorp as District Attorney for District 27, which covers Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties. He replaces Brian Kuester, who resigned to serve as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. Thorp will serve as District Attorney for the remainder of Kuester’s term, which expires in January 2019.

Jack Thorp grew up in Catoosa, Oklahoma, following high school graduation he enlisted in and served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Doyle (FFG-39).  During his service on Doyle, Thorp received specific Commendations from Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 and Commander Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet.  Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Thorp attended the University of the Ozarks and received his Bachelor of Science Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Upon college graduation, Thorp attended and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Midway through his law school attendance, Thorp was employed and served as a licensed intern with the Prosecuting Attorney for the Fifth District in Arkansas.  Upon law school graduation, Thorp was appointed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Fifth District in Arkansas.  From 1999-2005, Thorp served as Coordinator and Prosecuting Attorney in charge of the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force, while working for Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons.  In that capacity, Thorp specialized in drug crimes, drug asset forfeiture, and violent crimes. Thorp returned to Oklahoma in December 2005, where he accepted appointment as an Assistant District Attorney for Tulsa County in January 2006.  After receiving his law license under reciprocity with Arkansas, Thorp began his State of Oklahoma career working for Tim Harris as a felony prosecutor.  Within a couple of months Thorp was trying and winning noteworthy jury trials which included Murder, Rape, Robbery, Shooting with the Intent to Kill, and crimes involving firearms. During this time he was also responsible for prosecuting crimes against children. In the hectic Tulsa office, Thorp worked his way up to the position of Team Captain, supervising prosecutors assigned to the Felony Division.  While in Tulsa, Jack received the prestigious, "Top Gun" award for the years of 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

In January 2011, Jack accepted appointment as First Assistant District Attorney for District 27.  During his time in District 27, Jack has managed as many as 63 employees in four counties, while juggling a multi-million dollar budget and has exhibited imaginative personnel decisions in a time of consistent budget cuts.  During this time, Jack has continued his exemplary litigation track record, and has tried some of the biggest murder cases in recent District 27 history.  Jack has recently been featured on the Discovery ID television series’ Snapped and Murder Calls. In the next few months Thorp will also be featured in a television show regarding the Tiffany Maher Murder trial dealing with “Cyber Murders,” and an episode of  Swamp Murder which details his work in investigating and prosecuting the Jarrett Clark cold case. 

Thus far in Jack’s career he has tried 94 felony jury trials, including 37 murder cases. Thorp also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at Northeastern State University.

Thorp has lectured before the Tulsa County Bar Association, District Attorney’s Council, National Crimes Against Children Conference, National Crimes Against Women Conference, Partners for Change Conference, with the ATF, and before the Oklahoma Attorney General, Human Trafficking Working Group.

Jack is a proud Republican and Wagoner County Resident.

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