Arguments made for dismissal of Tracie Hunter’s charges

Hunter in court Wednesday. (FOX19)
Hunter in court Wednesday. (FOX19)

(FOX19) - Pre-trial hearings continued on Wednesday to decide if the nine felony charges against embattled Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter should be dismissed.

Hunter sat in silence as a Hamilton County Judge listened to arguments from her attorney and special state prosecutors.

Hunter's attorney Clyde Bennett claimed a vindictive prosecution led to the case against Hunter. Before the judge, he cited the relationship between special prosecutors and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters as a reason the case should be tossed.

Records show both special prosecutors, Scott Croswell and Merlyn Shiverdecker, have contributed thousands of dollars to Joe Deters campaign in the last 15 years. Croswell is currently representing Deters in a divorce case, a direct conflict of interest and reason enough to dismiss the case, according to Bennett.

Special Prosecutor Meryl Shiverdecker told the judge that Hunter's side has yet to present any evidence to support their allegations.

The judge scheduled a dismissal decision for July 15.

Following Wednesday's pre-trial, two Hunter supporters, including Hunter's former bailiff, were arrested for using iPads to shoot video inside the courthouse.

Hunter has pleaded not guilty to 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.

FOX19's Jody Barr contributed for this story

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