At a glance: Oklahoma City defense attorney has handled high-profile cases

Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Mack Martin has handled many high-profile cases.
by Nolan Clay Published: October 26, 2012


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Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney Mack Martin has been involved in a number of high-profile cases.

“It's just a terrible misunderstanding,” Martin, 58, often will say in defense of a client. “I'm sure we'll get it straightened out.”

Martin was honored in 2000 by fellow defense attorneys with the Lord Erskine Award, a lifetime achievement honor named after a famous British lawyer.

After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, he represented Lori Fortier, who was a government witness against bomber Timothy McVeigh. Her husband, Michael Fortier, spent more than 10 years in prison for never warning anyone of the bombing plot, for helping McVeigh move and sell stolen guns and for lying to the FBI after the attack.

Lori Fortier was never charged even though she also never warned anyone.

Martin later was lead attorney for John Hamilton, the Oklahoma City physician convicted of murdering his wife on Valentine's Day 2001.

More recently, Martin defended Stephen Paul Wolf, the Nichols Hills physician who fatally stabbed his 9-year-old son. A judge last year found Wolf not guilty by reason of insanity of first-degree murder and assault.

The attorney's successes include acquittals in some cases and legal efforts that kept a Kingfisher oilman from being charged with making illegal campaign donations. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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