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Attorneys argue motions, evidence in Judge Hunter hearing

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Indicted Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter appeared in court Thursday on a variety of motions.

Hunter faces nine counts of misusing county credit cards and backdating court documents. Court was crowded for the proceedings. Several of Hunter's supporters hugged her.

Judge Norbert Nadel delayed ruling on motions to dismiss the case and to move the trial. As for the latter, he said he'd wait to see how jury selection went on September 8, when her trial begins.

Attorneys argued about what documents should be allowed to be shown at trial. Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett, denies Hunter misused credit cards and backdated documents. In fact, Bennett says backdating was a common occurrence in Hamilton County Juvenile Court, until Hunter's indictment. He requested access to documents to prove his point. Special prosecutor Scott Croswell, says he is unaware of any material in their possession that would back Hunter's claims.

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended Hunter after her indictment earlier this year.

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