- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A convicted juvenile court judge will go to trial again this summer on eight felony charges that jurors couldn’t reach a verdict on last year.

A Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge on Wednesday set suspended Judge Tracie Hunter’s new trial for June 1 on charges including tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office. Hunter was convicted in October of one count of unlawful interest in a public contract and sentenced to six months in jail. The Ohio Supreme Court has delayed her sentence while she appeals that conviction.

Hunter pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her. The charges that jurors were not able to reach a unanimous verdict on include accusations of backdating court documents and misusing a county credit card.

Hunter’s request for another jury trial was granted Wednesday, but Judge Patrick Dinkelacker denied the request by Hunter’s attorney that Dinkelacker disqualify himself from the case, a court official said. The judge in the earlier trial has since retired, and Dinkelacker was elected to replace him.

A message seeking comment from Hunter’s attorney, Clyde Bennett II, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Special Prosecutor R. Scott Croswell III said after Hunter’s sentencing last year that Hunter should be held to a higher standard because of her position as a judge. A message was left Wednesday for Croswell.

The 48-year-old Democrat took the bench as a juvenile judge in Hamilton County in 2012 after a lengthy legal battle over disputed election results. Hunter has contended that the charges against her were politically motivated.

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