- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Taxpayers could be on the hook for around $450,000 to pay for the prosecution of a southwest Ohio juvenile court judge charged with misconduct.

Following a five-week trial, Judge Tracie Hunter was found guilty this week of one count of unlawful interest in a public contract, involving her brother. But jurors were dismissed after being unable to reach unanimous verdicts on eight other counts.

County Administrator Christian Sigman says if Hunter appeals her conviction, as her attorney has promised, the cost of the prosecution could reach between $400,000 and $450,000.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1pg5LUC) reports that Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday set aside $500,000 for legal fees associated with the case. The costs included paying special prosecutors to handle the case.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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