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Ohio Supreme Court rules Tracie Hunter will not have to report to jail on Monday, pending an appeal

Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday night that Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter will not have to report for jail Monday morning (Photo: FOX19 NOW) Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday night that Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter will not have to report for jail Monday morning (Photo: FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday night that ex-Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter will not have to report for jail Monday morning, pending resolution of her appeal.

Court documents say no additional bond is required and Hunter shall continue to remain free on her own recognizance during the pendency of her appeal. It is further ordered that the writs are denied and the cause is dismissed.

After Tracie Hunter's request to stay out of jail was turned down by an appeals court, her attorney, David Singleton, filed an emergency request Wednesday to the court to allow the judge to remain free. 

FOX19 NOW's Gordon Graham spoke with Singleton by phone and David says there are plenty of reasons to grant the stay.

"This was an incredibly strong motion for a stay. Judge Hunter has lifelong ties in the community and is not a flight risk. She's not a danger to the community and third she's got a strong likelihood of winning her appeal and it would be absurd to make her serve her sentence and by the time we would finish her appeal she would be done with her sentence," said Singleton.

Singleton says the appeals court turned down the request for a stay without giving any reason.

"The fact that they didn't stay it and didn't give any reason raises the question of whether they abused their discretion," said Singleton.

FOX19 NOW's legal analyst Mike Allen applauds the high court's decision.

"I think the Ohio Supreme Court made the right decision. They made the decision that the Court of Appeals probably should have made," said Allen.

Hunter was expected to report on Monday at 8:30 a.m. for a six-month sentence at the Hamilton County jail, but she asked the state's highest court to delay that sentencing until the appeal process on her conviction was complete.

She cited health issues, lack of jail space, and her community ties.

Hunter's supporters are overjoyed.

"It's a great relief. People feel like it was the greatest one day late Christmas present that could have come down. We still will be meeting because what's going on goes far beyond Judge Hunter. We believe there's a great need for criminal justice reform in Hamilton County so we still will be meeting on Sunday evening at five o'clock p.m. at the Tryed Stone New Beginning Church," said Bishop Bobby Hilton.

Hilton says Hunter has been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

"We're not asking for special treatment, but we demand fair treatment and we just don't believe we're seeing what would amount to equal and fair justice," said Hilton.

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.

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