An Oklahoma County judge charged with fraud is asking the state Supreme Court to give her back two children she adopted last year.

Yes, the Judges are just as guilty if not more so when it comes to abuse in the CPS System.

Judge Tammy Bass- LaSure

Oklahoma County judge accused of fraud wants her adopted children returned The twin boy and girl have been in the custody of the Department of Human Services since the night District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure and her husband, Karlos Antonio LeSure, were charged in January.

The judge and her husband became foster parents to the children in 2008 then adopted them May 11. Prosecutors allege the judge and her husband secretly gave away the twins to her bailiff’s sister, Ravonda Edwards, 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. The judge has denied wrongdoing.

Edwards also goes by the last name Booker. The children, Jakobi and Jazlyn, officially were given the last name Booker at the time of their adoption. They are now 3.

Attorneys for Bass-LeSure and her husband told the Supreme Court the couple “at some point … placed the minor children with Ravonda.” The attorneys’ legal brief gives no explanation for why the children were placed there.

Edwards is now facing felony charges accusing her of a series of violent acts against a former girlfriend. The attorneys for Bass-LeSure and her husband told the Supreme Court, “There is no imminent threat of harm to the children if the adoptive parents are willing to take the children home and not again place them in the dangerous home.”

At a hearing Jan. 25, a Canadian County associate district judge, Bob Hughey, ruled the children will remain in DHS custody. A prosecutor told Hughey that DHS in 2009 had authorized Edwards to be an alternative caregiver in case of emergencies but “not to keep them and raise them.”

Bass-LeSure’s attorneys told the Supreme Court that Hughey “should have ordered the return of the children to the adoptive parents under ‘conditions’ that Ms. Booker not be allowed in the presence of the children.”

“The adoptive parents pose no risk of harm to the children as long as they are willing to keep the children in their home,” the attorneys wrote in the legal brief. “The adoptive parents are willing to comply with any reasonable terms of placement as provided by the Department of Human Services. Therefore, the children must be returned to the care and custody of the adoptive parents.”

Bass-LeSure, 43, was charged Jan. 21 with 30 counts of making a fraudulent claim against the state and two counts of perjury.

Her husband, 46, was charged with two counts of making a fraudulent claim against the state and two counts of perjury.

Bass-LeSure was the original trial judge in the murder case against the Oklahoma City pharmacist who fatally shot a robber. She stepped down from that case Aug. 31 after prosecutors raised concerns about her. Prosecutors were upset because the judge spoke at a gym with a trainer who had a pending drug case before her. The judge gave the trainer the names of three defense attorneys. One of those attorneys, Joe Reynolds, is helping to defend the pharmacist.

The state Council on Judicial Complaints reviewed the judge’s statement to the trainer but took no action against her, sources told The Oklahoman.

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Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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One Response to An Oklahoma County judge charged with fraud is asking the state Supreme Court to give her back two children she adopted last year.

  1. Catherine says:

    I too am having the same problem in Georgia. Cps took my adopted two boys. They don’t want to give them back, because my sister called several times on me and saw belt look like marks on the younger one.Sis is jealous and hateful i adopted her grandbabies.


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