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Tracie Hunter trial delayed after lawyer unexpectedly withdraws

Clyde Bennett, Tracie Hunter (File) Clyde Bennett, Tracie Hunter (File)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The attorney for suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter unexpectedly withdrew from her case at a Friday morning hearing.

As a result, Hunter’s second criminal trial will be pushed back until October. The trial was originally scheduled to begin next week.

Clyde Bennett III told Judge Patrick J. Dinkelacker that he was withdrawing as Hunter’s counsel, but did not give a reason for the departure.

Hunter now has until a scheduled Oct. 5 hearing to find a new lawyer.

Bennett represented the embattled judge through her first lengthy trial last year that ended in a guilty conviction for having an unlawful interest in a public contract. Jurors were deadlocked on a verdict for eight other counts.

Hunter is being retried on the additional eight counts, which include using county-owned credit cards for her personal use and backdating court documents to give defense attorneys an advantage.

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