Tracie Hunter's attorney requests 30,000 emails as possible evidence for trial

CINCINNATI -- The attorney for Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter on Tuesday requested more than 30,000 documents for review before her jury trial is set to begin Sept. 8.

Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett, made the request just days after an outburst by Hunter during a court hearing where she accused prosecutors of "disparagement of (her) name."Prosecutors said Hunter was "gaming the system" by not providing documents during discovery.

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.

Hunter stood up in the middle of the proceedings on Aug. 14, 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.

At Tuesday's hearing, Bennett specifically asked for any email with Hunter's name in it, county emails to and from her, and any emails between subpoenaed witness to be used for evidence.

Judge Norbert Nadel is presiding over the case.

Prosecutors had asked the number of emails as evidence in the case be limited.

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

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