CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - By Jody Barr
A former bailiff for suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter was arrested Wednesday following a hearing in Hunter's criminal case.
Two Hamilton County deputies took Avery Corbin and an unidentified woman into custody within minutes of the hearing's end. Both were using an iPad to shoot video and pictures in a hallway outside the courtroom when the deputies arrested the pair.
Corbin was using an iPad to take a picture of a sign posted on the courtroom door, telling the public no photography is allowed without permission from "the court." The sign did not state whether judicial permission was needed for the public hallways inside the courthouse.
Typically, a judge's order covering photography is restricted to the inside of a courtroom while a judicial proceeding is underway. Corbin and the unidentified woman were using their devices in the public hallway.
While Corbin was pointing the iPad at the closed courtroom door, a Hamilton County deputy spotted him and yelled, "Sir, if you are filming in this building, you will get arrested for disorderly conduct right now."
The deputy walked to Corbin and ordered him to put the iPad away.
"I'm not filming," Corbin answered. "If you do not put it away you will be arrested," the deputy told the former bailiff. Corbin then turned around and let the deputy arrest him.
Hunter was indicted on two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of forgery, two counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, two counts of theft in office and one count of misuse of credit cards. She has pleaded not guilty.
Earlier this month, Hunter's attorney Clyde Bennett II filed a motion to dismiss the charges she faces in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Bennett wrote the indictment should be thrown out for abuse of prosecutorial discretion, prosecutorial vindictiveness, selective prosecution and an un-remediable conflict of interest.
On Wednesday, Judge Norbert Nadel heard arguments on the motion. A dismissal decision was scheduled for 11 a.m. July 15.