Tracie Hunter's attorneys seek attendance records

CINCINNATI -- Attendance records have become key evidence in a local judge's trial.

Attorneys for suspended Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter want to see the attendance records for court employees.

Hunter faces nine felony charges including tampering with evidence and theft in office.

Her trial was pushed back to Sept. 14.

At the last hearing, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel denied several pre-trial motions - including a request for dismissal.

The Democrat has blamed politics for the charges.

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"I find nothing in the record that's been presented that I can find that would justify a dismissal of this case without a trial so that motion is denied," said Nadal in July. "I think it's in the interest all all parties and all sides of this case to have a prompt resolution to this case and that's what we intend to have."

A Hunter motion said the special prosecutors for her case are attorneys who once represented county prosecutor Joe Deters in an investigation and might have a conflict of interest.

The judge ruled that he found no evidence of impropriety in the appointment of special prosecutors Scott Croswell and Merlyn Shiverdecker.

He also said the normal grand jury process was followed as the indictments were returned and that it was fair.

After court, defense attorney Clyde Bennett said he disagreed with the ruling, but that won't impact his trial strategy.

Nadel also denied Bennett's request for three separate trials on the charges and said he would wait to see if he can seat a jury before he decides if a change of venue is warranted.

The Ohio Supreme Court suspended Hunter in January after an indictment alleged that she backdated court records and misused a county credit card.

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