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Judge Hunter's request to dismiss case denied

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Judge Norbert Nadel refused to dismiss the case against suspended juvenile court judge, Tracie Hunter, during a hearing Tuesday.

Hunter was charged with backdating documents, improper use of a county credit card and interfering with the employment situation of her brother, with the county.

In one of her motions, Hunter and her attorney complained special prosecutors, Merlyn Shiverdecker and Scott Croswell, were too close to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. The motion claimed Deters improperly appointed the pair. Judge Nadel disagreed.

"The special prosecutors, Mister Shiverdecker and Mister Croswell, were properly appointed after the Hamilton County Prosecutor notified the court there was a conflict. I would suppose the prosecutor then suggested Mister Shiverdecker and Mister Croswell. Whether that happened or not, I do not know, but that is the usual procedure and the court has the option of appointing anyone they want," said Judge Nadel.

Hunter had also asked the charges against her be severed, essentially giving her three different trials. Judge Nadel denied that request too. He told her all three charges were related. To have three separate trials was not necessary and wouldn't be a good use of judicial resources. The judge said it would be unfair to everyone, including Hunter.

Judge Nadel denied a change in venue. He said they would bring in 50 jurors or so on September 8, to try to pick a jury. If they can't get a jury, then he might consider a change of venue for the trial.



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