Judge Norbert Nadel

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.

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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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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.

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.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

A trial date of September 8 was set this morning for Hamilton Juvenile Court judge Tracie Hunter, who faces nine criminal charges.

Hunter's lawyer and the independent council chosen to prosecute her case met for 15 minutes this morning in the chambers of Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel.

After closed-door session, Nadel announced from the bench that there would be a hearing on motions in Hunter's case on June 5t, followed by the Sept. 8 trial.