Tracie Hunter speaks out during court appearance

CINCINNATI -- An embattled local judge facing multiple felony charges lashed out in court Thursday morning as her attorneys asked to squash a subpoena that has been requested by special prosecutors.

Tracie Hunter stood up in the middle of the proceedings, saying she was acting as her own co-counsel and spoke for a total of about 30 seconds of the 10-minute pre-trial hearing.

The suspended juvenile court judge said she felt offended by statements made by the prosecution that are leading to the "disparagement of (her) name." She also said, "it appears (she) cannot get a fair trial in Hamilton County."

"I take great exception to your disparagement of my name in this courtroom today. I'm not sure what you meant by the term that 'this defendant is gaming the system,' but let's be clear, the only gaming that is going on in Hamilton County is by the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Judge John Williams the last nine months."

She also chimed in several other times during the hearing.

The outburst was an apparent response to prosecutors Merlyn Shiverdecker and R. Scott Croswell III claiming Hunter was "gaming the system" by not providing documents during discovery.

Judge Norbert Nadel, who is presiding over the case, stopped Hunter whenever she'd make a comment, eventually saying her issues will be discussed during her next court appearance.

Hunter faces nine felony charges including tampering with evidence and theft. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison. 

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

She has pleaded not guilty and has previously asked for the charges do be dismissed.

The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

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