Stephen P. Friot (born August 14, 1947) is a SeniorUnited States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Born in Troy, New York, Friot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1972. He was in private practice in Oklahoma from 1972 to 2001.
On September 4, 2001, Friot was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma vacated by Wayne Alley. Friot was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 6, 2001, and received his commission on November 12, 2001. He assumed senior status on December 1, 2014.
In June 2017, Friot controversially suggested he would give a reduced sentence to a 34-year-old counterfeiting defendant if she got medically sterilized. He suggested it because she had seven children and had lost parental rights to six of them. In February 2018, he sentenced the woman to a year in federal prison, and he defended his sterilization suggestion by arguing the U.S. Supreme Court “has yet to recognize a constitutional right to bring crack- or methamphetamine-addicted babies into this world.”
Judge Friot has traveled and lectured extensively in the Russian Federation. Those activities include service as the U.S. judicial delegate to the Tenth International Forum on Constitutional Review, in Moscow in 2007; as a U.S. judicial delegate to the U.S.-Russia Judicial Partnership Forum in St. Petersburg (co-sponsored by the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation) in 2011 and as a U.S. judicial delegate to the Second U.S. Russian Judicial Peer-to-Peer Dialog in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
Judge Friot is the author of three articles published in the Comparative Constitutional Review (Moscow): “Judicial Independence: A Time for Patience, Persistence and Public Awareness” (64 CCR 4, 2008); “Boumediene v. Bush: The Latest Chapter in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jurisprudence at the Intersection of the War on Terror and the Constitutional Doctrine of Separation of Powers” (66 CCR 147, 2008), and “Citation of Foreign Sources of Law by the United States Supreme Court in Cases Addressing Business and Economic Issues: An Analysis of Long-Standing Practice and Contemporary Controversy” (81 CCR 23, 2011).
Judge Friot has lectured as an invited guest lecturer at the faculties of law at the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (2019), the Lobachevsky State University in Nizhny Novgorod (2011, 2012, 2014, 2017), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) (2019), Moscow State University (2015 and 2019), the Pericles Law Center, Moscow (2019), the Russian State University of Justice (2019), Saratov State Law Academy (2015 – 2019), and Ulyanovsk State University (2008). He was a plenary speaker at the Conference of Judges of the Regional Court of Arbitration at the Academy of Justice, Nizhny Novgorod in 2012, at the Research to Practice Conference, Lobachevsky State University Faculty of Law, Nizhny Novgorod in 2014, and at the Second Moscow Legal Forum, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, in 2015.