Supreme Court suspends Tracie Hunter

Supreme Court suspends Tracie Hunter

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended the law license of convicted felon and Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter.

That means she no longer will collect her $121,350 annual salary or practice law for an interim period.

"Her conviction also will be referred to disciplinary counsel for investigation and the commencement of disciplinary proceedings," reads the decision issued this morning.

Last week, a Hamilton County jury found Hunter guilty on one felony charge of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

She was convicted of using her judicial influence to intervene after her brother, a juvenile court employee, was fired for assaulting an underage inmate, and passed confidential information about the inmate to her brother.

Hunter, 47, was indicted in January on various felony charges, including 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.

The 12-person jury was deadlocked on the remaining eight felony charges.

The majority of the jurors had consensus for convicting Hunter as guilty on all counts but it was not unanimous, a juror told FOX19 NOW.

Hunter will be sentenced Dec. 2. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel has the discretion to send her to prison or give her probation.

Hamilton County prosecutors have not said yet if they will retry her on the remaining charges.

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