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Judge Nadel sentences Tracie Hunter to 6 months in jail

Tracie Hunter after her sentencing. (FOX19/Jody Barr) Tracie Hunter after her sentencing. (FOX19/Jody Barr)
Tracie Hunter supporters were wearing these shirts Friday (FOX19/Jody Barr) Tracie Hunter supporters were wearing these shirts Friday (FOX19/Jody Barr)
Tracie Hunter's brother sits in the audience in the courtroom (FOX19/Jody Barr) Tracie Hunter's brother sits in the audience in the courtroom (FOX19/Jody Barr)
Judge Nadel listens to character witness testimonies (FOX19/Jody Barr) Judge Nadel listens to character witness testimonies (FOX19/Jody Barr)
This Tracie Hunter supporter was thrown out of the courtroom for causing a disturbance (FOX19/Jody Barr) This Tracie Hunter supporter was thrown out of the courtroom for causing a disturbance (FOX19/Jody Barr)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter was sentenced to 6 months in the Hamilton County jail by Judge Norbert Nadel.

A jury in October found Hunter guilty on one felony count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract. That charge alleged Hunter used her influence to share confidential court documents with her brother.

Nadel claimed Hunter's crime breached the public's trust and indicated that, for that reason, he would consider jail time.

"The evidence showed that the conduct of Judge Hunter dealt a serious blow to public confidence in our judicial system, and could very well justify a jail sentence for Judge Hunter,” Nadel said following the Oct. 14 verdict.

Hunter filed two motions for a mistrial after the verdict. For the first one, she claimed that some members of the jury were pressured into signing the guilty verdict. The second one claimed juror bias. Hunter's attorney said that one of the jurors failed to disclose during jury questioning that she was sexually assaulted by a minister. Since Hunter is also a minister, the attorney said Hunter was denied a fair trial.

Nadel denied both of those motions. 

Tracie Hunter did not speak at the sentencing Friday. Her attorney said that was because of the eight other counts the jury was still hung on. 

She was sentenced to six months in the Hamilton County jail. That sentence will start on Dec. 29 at 8:30 a.m. She will also be on probation for one year. 

"This is a setback for our city as well as this county, extremely disappointed," said State Sen. Cecil Thomas. "The evidence was clear that the judge did nothing wrong," 

"Again, my faith is in God, my faith is not in man," Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett said. "We're going through trials and tribulations now. Weep a man during the night, joy cometh in the morning.  I can guarantee you that." 

Tracie Hunter's attorney has already filed paperwork for an appeal. He asked that the judge stay the sentencing until the appeal process is complete. 

Bennett says he's confident Hunter's conviction will be overturned on appeal.  Meanwhile other supporters believe the sentence was a foregone conclusion.

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