Tracie Hunter makes statement with MLK march

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hundreds marched arm in arm through downtown Cincinnati Monday honoring the leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter also marched with several supporters behind a banner with her picture next to Dr. King. Bishop Bobby Hilton says her supporters made the banner to illustrate the injustice being done to Judge Hunter.

"It is not to compare her to Dr. King at all but is to say that she is suffering gross injustice. Dr. King said an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and injustice has rained down upon this judge," says Bishop Hilton.

Hunter was arraigned Friday on nine felony counts. She is accused of back dating documents to keep some of her rulings from being appealed. A Fox 19 investigation also revealed claims that she used her position to help her brother Stephen Hunter, a juvenile corrections officer who was fired last year for punching a 15-year-old inmate several times. The indictment also alleges Judge Hunter used a county issued credit card improperly.

Her supporters say those accusations are completely false.

"We believe that she has been railroaded," says former Cincinnati city councilman, Cecil Thomas.

"It is gross injustice and we are calling for every indictment to be thrown out," says Bishop Hilton.

While Hunter marched silently Monday, she defended herself at a rally on December 15th.

"I don't care what they do to me. If I go to jail then I will join the long list of Martin Luther King. I will join the long list of people like Rosa Parks. I will join the long list of people like Nelson Mandela," said Hunter.

Since her indictment, Hunter has not spoken publicly. Her cases are being handled by other judges until the criminal case against her is resolved.

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