Judge charged with fraud wants District Attorney David Prater off her case

District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and husband Karlos LeSure claimed in a legal motion Thursday they cannot get a fair trial if “Prater and his office continue to participate in this prosecution.”
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2011
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An Oklahoma County judge charged with fraud wants District Attorney David Prater and his assistants removed from her case.

District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and husband Karlos LeSure claimed in a legal motion Thursday they cannot get a fair trial if “Prater and his office continue to participate in this prosecution.”

“The facts show that … Prater has engaged in what amounts to a personal vendetta against Judge Bass-LeSure. The criminal case against Judge Bass-LeSure and her husband is the latest manifestation of this personal crusade,” her attorneys wrote.

Prater said Friday, “I'm passionate about every case we're prosecuting in this courthouse, but none of them are personal.”

About the case

Bass-LeSure was charged in January with 30 counts of making a fraudulent claim against the state and two counts of perjury.

Her husband was charged with two counts of making a fraudulent claim against the state and two counts of perjury.

The judge and her husband became foster parents to a boy and girl in 2008 then adopted them last year.

Prosecutors allege the judge and her husband secretly gave away the twins to her bailiff's sister in 2008 and lied on adoption papers to conceal it.

Prosecutors also allege the judge misused some state funds provided for the children's care.