Accused Oklahoma County judge back at work

Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure, 43, accused of fraud in a child-care case, was going to take an extended leave of absence. She returned to the courthouse Thursday morning instead.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: February 4, 2011 at 8:29 am •  Published: February 3, 2011

The judge in January began handling probate, guardianship and adoption cases. She will continue to handle probate and guardianship cases but will no longer oversee adoption cases. The judge spent the previous 12 years on criminal cases.

Probate cases involve settling a person's affairs after death. In most cases, there are no issues in dispute.

The judge took off last week at the request of Oklahoma County's presiding judge. She told others Jan. 27 she was extending her paid leave.

Only the state Court on the Judiciary can suspend or remove an elected judge from office.

Edwards, 41, faces three unrelated felony charges accusing her of violence against a former girlfriend. The latest charge, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, was filed Monday. Prosecutors allege Edwards stole the ex-girlfriend's car Oct. 6 and crashed it twice into a nearby house.

The children, now 3, are in Department of Human Services custody.

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