Tracie Hunter supporters plan to go to jail with her
Tracie Hunter supporters say they plan on showing up to jail with her (FOX19/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Former juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter's supporters say when she shows up at the Hamilton County Justice Center next Monday to begin serving her six month jail sentence, she won't be alone.
Supporters of Tracie Hunter say they're not surprised her request to stay out of jail while she appeals her six month sentence has been turned down. However, Bishop Bobby Hilton says they are furious with what they call a blatant racial bias in the Hamilton County judicial system.
“A white gentleman that was charged with rape and kidnapping on UC campus and Judge Nadel gave him probation and here we have a pastor with a congregation and Judge Nadel gave her six months in jail," Hilton said.
Hilton plans to accompany Tracie Hunter to jail along with other supporters like 92-year-old Charlie Watson who says he made her a promise.
“I told her that. If she goes to jail I'll go with her,” Watson said.
State Senator Cecil Thomas says Hamilton County's criminal justice system is broken and it puts the lives of law enforcement officers at risk.
“I don't want this to reach a point that if they choose not to want to fix this system that it spills over into someone doing something crazy like what they did in New York. The judges, the criminal justice system here they better wake up,” said Thomas.
Hilton says judicial reform is needed in Hamilton County.
“Time after time after time after time we see unfair sentences upon black folk," he said. "It is something that not only the Black community is seeing--Blacks, Whites everybody can see it because it's clear as day.”
FOX19 reached out to Judge Norbert Nadel, but he wasn't available for comment.
Hunter's supporters will hold a community call to action meeting Sunday evening at the Tryed Stone New Beginning Church to discuss what they see as a miscarriage of justice.