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High Court: No new judge for Tracie Hunter

Tracie Hunter in court during her first trial last year. (FOX19 NOW/file) Tracie Hunter in court during her first trial last year. (FOX19 NOW/file)
Tracie Hunter's latest mug shot (Provided by the Hamilton County jail) Tracie Hunter's latest mug shot (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio's high court denied a request Friday for another judge to preside over the trial later this year of convicted felon and former Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge Tracie Hunter.

Hunter wanted the Ohio Supreme Court to remove Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Dinkelacker from the case because he used to serve on the First District Court of Appeals which has ruled against her several times and knows people who will be witnesses.

But the high court ruled there was no proof Dinkelacker couldn't be a fair and Hunter must be treated like any other criminal defendant. 

Dinkelacker inherited the case when the judge on Hunter's first trial, Norbert Nadel, retired late last year.

Hunter is scheduled to go on trial again June 1 the lengthy one last year ended in a guilty conviction for having an unlawful interest in a public contract and with 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.

The high court has suspended her law license because she was convicted of a felony.

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