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Oklahoma County district attorney contends District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure twisted facts

BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: April 30, 2011
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Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater contends a judge charged with fraud twisted facts and misstated the law in her legal request to have him removed from her case.

District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and husband Karlos LeSure have accused the district attorney of having a personal vendetta against her. They claimed in a legal motion filed April 14 they cannot get a fair trial if “Prater and his office continue to participate in this prosecution.”

In a response for Prater, Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said the judge's request “contains many false representations as to what the … witnesses will testify in this matter.”

Gieger also noted in the response that the U.S. Supreme Court encourages “this type of hard-hitting, vigorous prosecution.”

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 state funds provided for the children's care.

The judge has denied wrongdoing.