The death penalty: researcher’s published essay argues that talk of a Red River showdown is premature


PLEASE NOTE: When I authored this essay in 2003, the State of Oklahoma held ten times more folks on its death row than did any of its sibling states within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. That disparity has narrowed in the intervening years. Also changed: certain national security crimes that I argue in this essay should be capital offenses are now death eligible.

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Charles Bloeser is a Tennessee (USA) – licensed lawyer who is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the son and grandson of military veterans and a U.S. State Department and ARAMCO (then: Arabian American Oil Company) brat.


Following a staff position on the successful 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), researcher began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma (USA). Since then he has spent the largest part of his legal career representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and federal trial and appellate courts in the United States, including the following:

  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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Charles Bloeser is a past president of the OKC chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served in American Inns of Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Nashville. He’s a member of Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honors society, and he served on law review during law school.

A few words about this lawyer and researcher:

He has frequently been in my court handling matters by appointment under the Criminal Justice Act. He is always prepared, effective, and above reproach, ethically.”

– U.S. District Court Judge

. . . Charles has always been an innovative, responsible and thorough advocate for his clients. We don’t often agree, but he is a thoughtful professional in his representation. I have found him to be particularly scrupulous in ethical matters.”

– Assistant U.S. Attorney

“Charles himself is also admirably dedicated to improving his own practice. This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed. Afterwards, at Charles’ request, we met to go over his petitions with an eye towards producing even stronger ones in the future.”

– Law Professor and former law clerk for two justices on the U.S. Supreme Court

Among Mr. Bloeser’s published research are works re Libyan- supported Jihadi terrorism in America’s backyard, civilian-military law enforcement relations, federal criminal law, and Federal court procedure. His research agenda includes national security/defense/ veterans issues, with special attention to those suffering from shell shock aka combat trauma aka PTS/PTSD and related challenges.

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