The Ohio First District Court of Appeals has turned down suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter's motion to stay out of jail while she appeals her criminal conviction.
Presiding Judge Penelope Cunningham signed the entry denying Hunter's motion Monday morning.
Hunter was convicted in October of a felony count of unlawful interest in a public contract. She was sentenced to six months in jail and six months probation. The jury couldn't reach a verdict on eight other felony charges against her.
Suspended Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter has asked the Ohio First District Court of Appeals to release her on bail and postpone her sentencing while she appeals her conviction on a criminal charge.
Earlier this month, the trial judge, Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel, denied a motion by Hunter's lawyer, Clyde Bennett II, to postpone her jail sentence while she appeals the case. Nadel ordered that she begin her jail term on Dec. 29.
The Ohio First District Court of Appeals has refused to issue a stay in its decision on the Cincinnati parking lease case, possibly clearing the way for the city administration to move forward with the controversial plan.
But Curt Hartman, a lawyer for the plaintiffs who brought the original lawsuit against the parking lease ordinance passed by council in March, says they will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case "as soon as possible."