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Former Oklahoma County judge relinquishes right to practice law

Former Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure asked the state Supreme Court to let her abandon her right to practice law. The former judge pleaded guilty to two felony counts of an adoption fraud case.
by Nolan Clay Modified: June 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm •  Published: June 29, 2012
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The former Oklahoma County judge who resigned from the bench because of an adoption fraud case is giving up being an attorney, too.

Tammy Bass-LeSure, 44, on Wednesday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to let her “relinquish my right to practice law.”

Bass-LeSure was charged last year with fraud over her adoption of twins. After reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors this year, she resigned as a judge, pleaded guilty to two felony counts and was put on probation.

A judge in May ordered Bass-LeSure and her husband to pay almost $70,000 in restitution to the state for obtaining public assistance by false representation. She is appealing the restitution order.

Bass-LeSure and her husband were accused of secretly giving away the twin babies to her bailiff's sister after becoming their foster parents in 2008. Prosecutors alleged the bailiff's sister continued to raise the boy and girl even after Bass-LeSure and her husband adopted them in May 2010. They lost their parental rights to the twins at a trial last year.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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