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Appeals court denies Hunter's motion to stay out of jail

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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.

Trial court judge Norbert Nadel ordered Hunter to report to the Hamilton County Justice Center next Monday morning to begin serving her jail term.

Hunter's lawyer for the appeal, David Singleton, told WVXU he believes she has a good case to have her conviction overturned in the First District Court of Appeals.