- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Jurors have deliberated much of the day in southwest Ohio without reaching a verdict on the felony charges that face a juvenile court judge.

The Hamilton County Common Pleas jury will return Friday morning. Judge Norbert Nadel (NAY’-del) let them go home after about six hours Thursday. They got the case of suspended Judge Tracie Hunter on Wednesday afternoon.

Hunter’s attorney Clyde Bennett II pointed out Thursday that jurors have a lot of testimony, exhibits and arguments to weigh after a trial that began Sept. 8.

He contends she was the victim of political retribution after winning a lengthy legal battle over disputed election results. Special prosecutors discount that claim, and have described Hunter as contentious and manipulative.

The judge faces nine counts alleging evidence-tampering, forgery and theft in office.

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