In 2014, former Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter was convicted of a felony for giving her brother, a juvenile court employee, confidential information. Then Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced Ms. Hunter to 6 months in jail. Since then, Ms. Hunter has appealed the conviction in both state and federal court. In May 2019, federal court Judge Timothy Black found that Ms. Hunter had received a fair trial. He refused to comment on the sentence, which he said was for the state court to decide.
On July 22, 2019, now Judge Dinkelacker ordered Ms. Hunter to begin her 6-month jail sentence. Chaos erupted in the courthouse as Judge Dinkelacker ordered the deputies to take Ms. Hunter into custody. Hunter went limp in a deputy’s arms, resulting in her being dragged from the courtroom. Now retired Judge Nadel stated that Ms. Hunter was convicted by a jury, was unrepentant for her misconduct, and the sentence was a correct one. Hunter supporters claim the conviction was politically motivated due to Ms. Hunter, a Democrat, taking a seat formerly held by a Republican.
On October 21, 2014, Ms. Hunter’s Ohio law license was suspended due to her felony conviction. A felony suspension is an interim suspension. Now that all appeals or proceedings have been concluded, Ms. Hunter will undergo disciplinary proceedings to determine the length of her suspension from the practice of law.