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Hunter pleads not guilty to amended charge

Tracie Hunter (FOX19 NOW/file) Tracie Hunter (FOX19 NOW/file)
Hunter was booked Wednesday on the new charged and released. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.) Hunter was booked Wednesday on the new charged and released. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Convicted felon and former Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge Tracie Hunter returned to court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to an amended criminal charge.

Hunter, 48, was indicted earlier this month with misuse of a county credit card. The new charge is an amended version of the misuse of credit card count from her original charges and will be considered when a new jury hears her case June 1.

Following the indictment, Hunter and supporters attended a Hamilton County Commissioner's meeting and claimed the city could save taxpayer dollars by dropping the current proceedings against Hunter. 

Bishop Bobby Hilton addressed commissioners, saying the city is persecuting Hunter rather than prosecuting her.

"She's being terribly, terribly mistreated, and this city's going to sit around and keep trying to mistreat this lady, until there's going to be a major eruption," said Hilton.

Hunter faces a second trial after one last year ended in a guilty conviction for having an unlawful interest in a public contract and jurors unable to reach a verdict on several other charges. The counts included using county-owned credit cards for her personal use and backdating court documents to give defense attorneys an advantage.

Her 6-month jail sentence was delayed pending an appeal.

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