Judge Tracie Hunter

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After her court appearance Wednesday on a new charge of misuse of a credit card, suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter and her supporters went to the Hamilton County Commissioners meeting to ask that the board pull funding of her criminal trial.

But it is not clear if county commissioners have the authority to stop funding of criminal prosecution.

Hamilton County's budget office reports the county has spent roughly $460,000 prosecuting suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter.

When including what the county spent in other Hunter-related court cases, the county says it spent more than $1.4 million in 2013 and 2014.

The Reverend Damon Lynch III and others Wednesday asked Commissioners to halt Hunter's retrial. The commissioners pay the bills, but have no say in whether or not the prosecution goes forward.

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Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel has decided Judge Tracie Hunter will not be able to remain free during the appeal of her conviction of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Tuesday morning, Nadel ruled that Hunter must start serving her six month jail sentence December 29.

Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel acknowledged during sentencing that Tracie Hunter committed a low-level felony and was a first time offender, but said he couldn't get past the "dilemma of a double whammy," and that's why he sentenced her to six months in jail and six months probation.

When explaining the double whammy he said, "Judge Hunter is a judge and a public official and unfortunately it maybe a felony 4 but it's a double whammy."

After hearing the verdict one Hunter supporter cursed Judge Nadel and was thrown out of the courtroom.

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A suspended juvenile court judge will not get a new trial or an acquittal on her conviction for unlawful interest in a public contract.  Tracie Hunter was found guilty last month of using her position as a judge to preserve her brother's job as a bailiff. 

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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.

Hunter suspended from practicing law

Oct 21, 2014
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Tracie Hunter has been suspended from practicing law in Ohio, following her conviction earlier this month.

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After deliberating  four days, a Hamilton County jury has found suspended Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter guilty of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.  However the jury was not able to reach verdicts on the remaining eight counts.

Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett II, says he will appeal.

In January, a Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted Hunter on the following counts:

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The jury in the trial of Judge Tracie Hunter has a verdict on one count but will come back next week to continue deliberations on the other counts.

Jurors returned a verdict Friday afternoon on count six: unlawful interest in a public contract. Judge Norbert Nadel sealed the decision and it will be read once the jury decides the other counts.

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Each side has taken hours to sum up its case in the trial of suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter. Judge Norbert Nadel told Special Prosecutor Scott Croswell he can finish up Wednesday with jury instructions to follow.

Closing arguments began Monday in a trial that is now into its fifth week. Hunter is charged with nine felony counts including tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office.

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Special Prosecutor Merlin Schiverdecker quoted Truman and Shakespeare while making his case to the jury as to why they should find Tracie Hunter guilty of all nine charges facing her. But defense attorney Clyde Bennett II said his client is guilty of nothing and the charges were politically motivated.

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.

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Hamilton County prosecutors and Tracie Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett II will begin picking a jury Monday.

The suspended juvenile court judge has been indicted on nine counts including tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office. She's accused of misusing county credit cards and backdating court documents.

On July 15, 2014 Judge Norbert Nadel refused to dismiss the charges. Bennett asked the judge for a change of venue. Nadel said he would consider it only if a jury couldn't be seated.

Bennett says his client is not guilty