Convicted Ohio judge sentenced to 6 months in jail

CINCINNATI (AP) – A suspended juvenile court judge has been sentenced to six months in local jail for a felony conviction of unlawful interest in a public contract.

Judge Tracie Hunter was convicted in October. She was accused of getting documents related to her brother’s juvenile court employment that she wasn’t supposed to have. She faced up to 18 months in prison.

In sentencing Hunter, Judge Norbert Nadel said the evidence showed serious ethical violations and public officials should be held to a higher standard of conduct.

More than a dozen witnesses, including lawyers, ministers and friends, took the stand Friday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati. They and her attorney asked for the probation often given for low-level felonies.

The prosecutor sought jail time.

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