Judge Tracie Hunter plans to appeal contempt of court order

CINCINNATI - Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter announced late Thursday evening that she is appealing the contempt of court order against her to the Ohio Supreme Court.

The Ohio Court of Appeals found Hunter in contempt because she ordered the Cincinnati Enquirer not to report the names of juveniles in an assault case despite an appeal court order to lift her ban on the publication from using the names.

Hunter argues that her order was within the rules that govern juvenile court. She also said that as a judge, she would never disobey an order from a higher court.

WCPO is also suing Hunter over new, broad restrictions she placed on media in her courtroom. Those restrictions include a ban on identifying juvenile suspects and their parents in or out of court.

9 On Your Side contends the restrictions are unconstitutional and set a bad precedent.

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