Ohio Supreme Court delays judge’s jail sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has delayed the sentence of a convicted juvenile judge who was scheduled to go to jail Monday.

The court’s 4-3 order Friday night said Judge Tracie Hunter can remain free while appealing her conviction.

Hunter had been ordered by her trial judge to report Dec. 29 to begin serving her six-month Hamilton County Jail term.

Hunter was convicted of unlawful interest in a public contract.

Hunter has argued she has a strong likelihood of winning an appeal of her conviction. She also has cited in court filings health issues, lack of jail space, and her community ties.

The Democrat took the bench in 2012 after a lengthy legal battle over disputed 2010 election results. She contended the charges against her were politically motivated.

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