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Jones to Seek a Full Term on the Bench
Judge Appointed to Complete Term of Disgraced LeSure

 

By JOHN W. SIMMS
Special to the Chronicle

 

Oklahoma County District Judge Bernard Jones said he would seek election to a full term.
Judge Jones was appointed to complete the four-year term of disgraced Judge Tammy Bass LeSure.
“Since assuming the bench, I have worked diligently to not only ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice,” Judge Jones said, “but to better educate the community about the judiciary,”
“While I take great pride in the achievements of these goals,” he continued, “there remains more work to do, which is why I plan to seek a full four-year term.”
Then-Judge LeSure resigned from the bench shortly after she drew no opponent for reelection about three years ago even though she was under investigation for a variety of felony crimes.
She and her husband, Karlos LeSure, both pleaded guilty to felonies and were given suspended sentences.
With the plea deal, Mrs. LeSure cannot ever seek public office again.
Mrs. LeSure resigned from the bar and from the bench as part of a plea deal.
Before he was appointed to the bench, Judge Jones practiced labor and employment, and commercial law with the firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur of Columbus, Ohio.
Then, he joined the office of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.
He went on to serve as associate dean of the law school of Oklahoma City University.
Mr. Jones has served as a member of the Oklahoma Board on Legislative Compensation, as well as the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment.
Judge Jones is chairman of the board of directors of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.
Also, he is secretary of the Council of Board of the National Urban League.
In addition, he is a member of the board of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He is chairman of a committee of the Oklahoma City Downtown Rotary Club.
Judge Jones serves as a trustee of the Ralph Ellison Foundation and is secretary of the board of the St. John Christian Heritage Academy.
He is a member of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
He is the recipient of the 2010 Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award and the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award.
Judge Jones was named an African-American History Maker by his alma mater, Southern Methodist University.
He was named the 2013 Alvin J. McKenna Alumnus of the Year by the law school of the University of Notre Dame.
A native of Oklahoma City, Judge Jones attended Millwood High School and graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and from the law school of the University of Notre Dame.
Rev. Major L. Jemison, pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as co-leader of the judge’s campaign committee.
The other co-leader will be Col. (ret.) Stan Evans.
Judge Jones and his wife, Mautra Staley Jones, have two children.

 

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