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Ex-judge faces jail after losing challenge to her conviction

May 30, 2019

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former county judge in Cincinnati faces six months in jail after unsuccessfully challenging her conviction.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday rejected Tracie Hunter’s challenge to her 2014 conviction on a felony count related to mishandling a confidential document.

Hunter’s attorneys took her case to federal court three years ago, just before the former Hamilton County judge was scheduled to begin her six-month sentence.

Attorneys for the 52-year-old 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 remained free while appealing. A county court hearing is set for July 18.