The actions of some fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but student members still have rights that must be protected, an attorney hired to represent the local chapter said Friday.

Stephen Jones, who gained national renown as the attorney for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, said members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and their parents also are worried about the students' safety after some received death threats and were physically and verbally assaulted. Jones said he had not been retained to initiate any litigation, but to ensure that the rights were protected from actions by the university and national chapter. - AP