Tracie Hunter: Judge denies motion to dismiss criminal charges, trial to begin in September
A judge denied motions to dismiss the criminal charges against Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter Tuesday.
Judge Norbert Nadel set Hunter's trial for September 8.
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.
Last 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.
Bennett had previously argued for a change of venue saying Hunter could not get a fair trial in Hamilton County because of pre-trial publicity. Nadel denied the motion Tuesday and said that he wanted to try and seat an objective jury in Hamilton County before determining if a change of venue is necessary.
Nadel also denied a motion for the nine counts against Hunter be separated into three different trials.
"It is in the interest to all parties to have a prompt resolution to this case," he said.
Hunter's attorneys also claimed there was a conflict of interest with the appointment of two special prosecutors handling the case.
"In general the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has been adversarial and antagonistic toward Judge Hunter ultimately producing a vindictive, selective prosecution tainted with an un-remediable conflict of interest," Bennett said in the motion, to which Nadel ultimately denied as well.