Tracie Hunter supporters call for federal investigation

Tracie Hunter supporters call for federal investigation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Supporters of Tracie Hunter are holding an 10:30 a.m. press conference Thursday to ask for a federal investigation.

They are expected to gather in front of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office at 230 E. Ninth St. Downtown.

They want the U.S. Department of Justice to find out what happened to evidence in the criminal case against her.

"We are requesting the United States Department of Justice investigate the tampering with or destruction of critical criminal evidence under control of Hamilton County Prosecutors Office," Bishop Bobby Hilton wrote in the statement from Greater Cincinnati Chapter National Action Network and the Cincinnati branch of the NAACP.

"Instead of preserving critical computer evidence, it appears the state intentionally allowed the hard drive of a computer to be wiped clean and sold at auction in December 2013, PRIOR to indicting Judge Tracie Hunter," the statement reads.

"Missing computers are believed to have had information crucial to Judge Hunter's defense of backdating accusations," he wrote.

"Information was discovered after a forensic computer expert was hired by Judge Tracie Hunter and just before nine remaining charges against Judge Hunter were dropped."

The day before Hunter's second trial was to begin last month, special prosecutors in the case abruptly announced they were dismissing her remaining charges.

The development came a week after the Ohio First District Court of Appeals upheld her felony conviction and Hunter's attorneys filed a motion concerning the two computers.

Hunter was convicted last year of unlawful interest in a public contract, a felony.

She was sentenced to six months in jail but remained free while appealing.

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