Judge Tracie Hunter's hearing to set trial delayed

CINCINNATI (AP) - A court hearing to set the trial date for an Ohio judge charged with misusing county credit cards and backdating court documents has been delayed.

Judge Tracie Hunter of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court was not at a court hearing for scheduling matters in her case on Tuesday.

Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel said Hunter's attorney withdrew from the case and had been replaced with a different lawyer.

Nadel postponed the scheduling conference until March 26, when he says Hunter's trial likely will be scheduled for June or September.

Hunter has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges of tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office.

Hunter, a Democrat, has indicated she believes she is being targeted for political reasons.

Her new attorney, Clyde Bennett, declined to comment Tuesday.

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