Ex-Ohio judge facing jail after years of legal challenges

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former county juvenile court judge’s effort to stay out of jail will go before another judge in Cincinnati.

Tracie Hunter has gone to multiple courts to challenge her 2014 conviction and sentence on a felony count related to mishandling a confidential document. She has been sentenced to six months in jail.

A hearing is scheduled Monday in Hamilton County common pleas court about beginning her sentence.

Attorneys for Hunter have contended the case against her stemmed from politics. The Democrat took the bench after being declared the winner of a disputed 2010 election.

She stood trial on eight other counts that were dismissed after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict on them.

She has been free while appealing. Supporters have rallied publicly for allowing her to remain free.

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