Hamilton County Common Pleas Court

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As Hamilton County prosecutor, Arthur M. Ney Jr. brought some of the county’s most high profile murderers in history to justice in the 1980s; and later served on the Hamilton County Common Pleas bench.

Ney died Monday at the age of 88.

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Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter will go to trial again on June 1, facing eight felony counts.

Special prosecutors in the Hunter case re-filed those charges after a jury failed to reach a verdict on them in last fall's criminal trial.

Hunter was convicted in October on one count of unlawful interest in a public contract; and was sentenced by now-retired Judge Norbert Nadel to six months in prison. She is appealing the conviction.

Frisch's

Frisch's Restaurants says a former executive stole millions from the company over several years and is taking him to court to recover it.

In a press release, Frisch's said Michael Hudson, the company's former assistant treasurer, embezzled an estimated $3.3 million from the company by forging payroll documents, creating false documents and accounting entries to divert the money into his personal bank accounts.

Frisch's said in its press release that Hudson resigned and assumed full responsibility. The civil suit has been filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

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Special prosecutors apparently intend to re-try suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter on the eight felony counts that were declared a mistrial last fall when jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on them.

Hunter was convicted on one count of unlawful interest in a public contract and was sentenced to six months in jail and six months probation. She is appealing that conviction. Hunter is free on her own recognizance during the appeal.

State Rep. Peter Beck
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Former state representative Peter Beck of Mason will go to trial March 23 on dozens of counts involving theft and fraud.

The trial is scheduled for four weeks in the Hamilton County Common Pleas courtroom of Judge John West.

Beck, who resigned from the Ohio House earlier this month, was indicted on sixteen counts in 2013. A second indictment this year added fifty-three more counts. But Beck's lawyers say 15 of them were duplicates of the original indictment.

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Former juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter will find out next week if a common pleas judge will overturn her conviction or order a retrial.

Hunter was back in court Thursday morning with her lawyer, Clyde Bennett II, who had filed two motions: one for a retrial, and another for an acquittal.

The jury in the criminal trial of suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter heard over four hours of opening statements from defense and prosecution lawyers today.  

Special prosecutor R. Scott Croswell painted a picture of a woman who has, since taking office in May 2012, repeatedly violated court rules and broken laws to the point where there was no choice but to seek a criminal indictment against her.

A jury of 11 women and one man will hear the criminal case of Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge Tracie Hunter.

The jury was seated at today, after a day and a half of questioning of the jury pool by Hunter's attorney and the special prosecutors trying the case. Opening arguments by defense lawyer Clyde Bennett and special prosecutors R. Scott Croswell and Merlyn Shiverdecker will be heard Wednesday.

Six alternate jurors were also seated this afternoon (Tuesday). Common pleas court judge Norbert Nadel has told jurors the trial could last four to six weeks.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

A jury in the criminal trial of Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter is likely to be seated this morning.

On Monday, the defense and prosecuting attorneys came close to seating a jury, but will attempt to finish the work this morning.

Hunter's lawyer, Clyde Bennett, and the special prosecutors in the case questioned at least half of the 60-person jury pool in a long session Monday, but came up short on finding 12 jurors both sides could agree on.

The lawyer for indicted juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter has asked the judge in her case for a change of venue, saying he doesn't think Hunter can get a fair trial in Hamilton County.

Hunter's lawyer, Clyde Bennett II, told WVXU that he filed a change-of-venue affidavit with Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge Norbert Nadel. In it, Bennett says there has been so much adverse publicity in the Hunter case that he doesn't think it is probable to find jurors who haven't made up their minds.