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Attorney general asked to investigate issues involving Oklahoma County judge

Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney said he wants to clear his name in case where judge was asked to step down after allegedly mentioning the lawyer's name to a drug court participant.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: September 3, 2010 at 12:22 am •  Published: September 3, 2010

An Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney said Thursday he wants an attorney general to investigate an Oklahoma County district judge so his name can be cleared.

Attorney Michael S. Johnson, 42, said he is worried about the public's perception of him since his name came up in news reports about Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure. He said he has been caught in the crossfire.

"The full story is not being told," he said.

Bass-LeSure in July gave an Edmond gym trainer the names of three attorneys. The trainer had a drug case assigned to her. The names were Johnson, Joe Brett Reynolds and Kendra Gill.

Johnson said the judge on Tuesday morning apologized to him and Gill in person.

"The judge has apologized that she mentioned my name but assures me that she did it out of her appreciation for my professionalism in the courtroom and not for any kind of improper purposes," Johnson said.

"She apologized for the misperception that she was somehow recommending us," he said. "She said... she was merely advising somebody that we are experienced attorneys and that they should contact one of us to figure out what occurs in her courtroom."

The gym trainer, who already had a defense attorney, secretly recorded a conversation with the judge July 22. The judge stepped down Tuesdayfrom a high-profile murder case against a pharmacist who is being represented by Reynolds.

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