If wasting over a million dollars of taxpayer’s dollars in frivolous appeals to prevent the counting of provisional ballots in order to keep Tracie Hunter out of the judgeship seat wasn’t enough, the high profile case over nothing should make Hamilton County Residents vomit.
Prosecutor, Joe Deters is the same adversary that worked relentlessly, at our expense, to keep Tracie Hunter out of her seat for two years and is the same one who placed the frivolous charges against Judge Hunter. Judge Hunter has been charged with 2 counts of tampering with evidence, 2 counts of forgery, 2 counts of having unlawful interest in a private matter, and 2 counts of theft in office.
In Hamilton County, Ohio, the Judge Hunter trial has entered its eighth day. The public has discovered thus far, that the theft in office was a whopping $1100 in charges that was actually used for court related matters. We heard from earlier testimony that no one felt the need to provide instructions to Judge Hunter on what is the proper use of the card. The only instructions Judge Hunter received were from Fifth Third Bank, stating that her card was for “business purposes only.” Most employees who receive company credit cards are provided instructions on the proper use of the card and if there are charges made that are not covered by the company it is made aware to that individual that he or she must reimburse that expense. That’s how most rational companies handle a money dispute. On the other hand, if you’re surrounded by individuals who want you to fail then expect getting smacked with 30 frivolous lawsuits and 8 felony charges instead. We also learned that other County Judges have used their taxpayer paid county credit cards for some personal items, and in a very privileged sort of way, its ok!
The most animated and well rehearsed was the fourth state witness Katie Pridemore the Hamilton County Chief Juvenile Div. Assistant. She went through her list of educational accomplishments then she spoke of her many, many opportunities of advancement.
Katie, as she likes to be called, went on to state how Judge Hunter made it very difficult for her to file appeals in a timely manner. She wanted so desperately to bind over a 16-year-old juvenile to adult court but that curious Judge Hunter wanted the prosecution to turn over their evidence, in discovery, to the defense, so they could properly represent their client. Katie refused to turnover all the evidence and stated on the stand that she was told to “safeguard her cases and prosecutors from Judge Hunter;” which is just a more clever way to say, to not cooperate with Judge Hunter.
I witnessed Attorney Clyde Bennett take Katie to task. She went from the most informed senior attorney to the, “I don’t know… I can’t say one way or the other;” class dunce. She then began to get a little indignant and out of her coached character when Attorney Bennett would ask Katie was she aware that the documents in questioned were backdated before they reached Judge Hunter? Katie couldn’t say one way or the other. Attorney Bennett also asked did she know the process for entering entries and who actually does it? Yeah, you guessed it, she didn’t know.
Prosecutor Joe Deters and his team of assailants put forth these trumped up charges that he and others thought was a smoking gun but it’s looking more like they just have a souped up water gun.
This nonsense trial may go on for another week or two at your expense. Send Joe Deters and his team a big Thank You! As it stands, I have it Judge Hunter 3, Prosecution 0, and taxpayers a million and counting.