Former Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure took issue when a television reporter called her by her first name following a court hearing last week. “Did you call me Tammy?” she snapped.
The indignation is comical, especially given the reason why Bass-LeSure was leaving the courtroom. She and her husband had just pleaded guilty to adoption fraud. Bass-LeSure admitted to two felony counts of obtaining public assistance by false representation. Her husband, Karlos Bass-LeSure, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining public assistance and trying to obtain public assistance, both felonies.
The resignation should have been accompanied by an apology to the people of Oklahoma County for violating the public trust. And to District Attorney David Prater. Last summer, after prosecutors added five felony counts to the original list of 30 counts, her attorney said Bass-LeSure was the target of “a political witch hunt” and that his client “has committed absolutely no crime.” Oops.
What transpired afterward was an example of the kind of hubris that got her in trouble in the first place.