Hunter suspended from practicing law

Oct 21, 2014

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU
Tracie Hunter has been suspended from practicing law in Ohio, following her conviction earlier this month.

The order from the Ohio Supreme Court says the former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge cannot practice law, prepare any legal documents, or appear on behalf of anyone in court, for the time being.  The decision comes after Hunter was found guilty of one count of Having an Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract, October 14.  The High Court says Hunter may return to the legal profession if she takes one hour of continuing legal education for every month she is suspended, and completes one credit hour of professional conduct instruction for every six months.  However, the length of the suspension will depend on the findings of a disciplinary commission.

Sentencing for the conviction is scheduled for December 2.  Her attorney, Clyde Bennett, says he plans to file an appeal.   The Special Prosecutors in the case will also announce that day if they want to seek a new trial on the other eight counts Hunter faced.  The jury could not reach a decision on those charges.