- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - A suspended juvenile court judge is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to keep her out of jail.

An attorney for Judge Tracie Hunter on Wednesday filed an emergency request to the court to allow the judge to remain free. Hunter has 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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