Tracie Hunter

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter was to have begun her six-month jail sentence Friday morning, but a federal judge has issued an emergency stay that will halt that, at least for now.

But, in a tense hearing in a common pleas courtroom, trial judge Patrick Dinkelacker argued that the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black was in error.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter could begin serving her six-month jail sentence as soon as Friday, now that an Ohio Supreme Court majority has refused to hear her appeal.

Hunter is scheduled to appear before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Dinkelacker Friday morning for imposition of her sentence.

The vote in the Ohio Supreme Court had four justices voting against hearing her appeal and three who dissented.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

At the beginning of suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s second criminal trial Tuesday morning, the special prosecutor announced the remaining eight felony charges against her would be dismissed.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended judge Tracie Hunter’s appeal of her 2014 felony conviction was denied in a 14-page opinion issued Friday morning by a three-judge panel of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals.

Hunter has been suspended as a juvenile court judge since Oct. 14, after she was convicted on one felony count of unlawful interest in a public contract. She was sentenced to six months in jail by trial court Judge Norbert Nadel, but that was stayed by the Ohio Supreme Court pending  appeal of her conviction.

Howard Wilkinson

Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter won’t be on the March 15 primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for judge. 

The Hamilton County Board of Elections – two Democrats and two Republicans – voted unanimously Monday morning to bar Hunter from running for the juvenile court seat from which she was suspended. 

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Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter, convicted of a felony last year and facing a criminal trial in January, has taken out petitions to run as a Democrat for her now-vacant seat on the Hamilton County juvenile court bench.

She will not be an official candidate until she files the petitions by the Dec. 16 deadline and has her petitions certified by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended Hamilton County juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter's second criminal trial will be pushed back until at least October after her defense lawyer unexpectedly withdrew from the case at a hearing Friday morning.

The trial was to have started next Tuesday.

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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.

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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.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter will not have to report to jail Monday morning,  thanks to a ruling late Friday afternoon by the Ohio Supreme Court.

The court, on a 4-3, said Hunter could remain free on her own recognizance while her felony conviction on a felony count of unlawful interest in a public contract is under appeal.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

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.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

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.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

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.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

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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