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:
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.
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.
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.
Suspended Judge Tracie Hunter, indicted on charges she misused county credit cards and backdated court documents, will go on trial September 8, 2014.
Hamilton County Court Judge Norbert Nadel rejected arguments by Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett II that charges of forgery, theft in office and tampering with evidence be dropped. Nadel also said no to three separate trials and a change-of-venue. The Judge said if jurors can't be seated in September then the trial may be moved.