Ohio high court delays juvenile court judge’s jail sentence

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has granted a suspended juvenile court judge’s request to delay her six-month jail sentence as she further appeals her 2014 conviction for unlawful interest in a public contract.

The court granted Judge Tracie Hunter’s request Thursday. Her attorney, David Singleton, said by email they’re relieved and are pursuing her appeal to the state’s high court.

Jurors at Hunter’s first trial deadlocked on eight remaining charges, including forgery and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors dropped those charges Tuesday just before her second trial was to begin. They said they were satisfied that the interest of justice had been served with conviction on the public contract count involving Hunter’s brother.

Hunter is a Democrat and has called the prosecution a “political takedown” by county Republicans.