The trial against Judge Tracie Hunter has been nothing short of a circus. The unjust judicial monopoly, spear headed by the Republican Dream Team in Hamilton County, was derailed in their effort to send Judge Tracie Hunter to jail. It is politics, and ironically nepotism that runs the prosecutor’s office and the courthouse, creating a severely broken judicial system. It is the same broken judicial system that many are awakening to all over the country.
It made absolutely no sense for Judge Nadel to enforce jail time for an offense that could not be re-offended, and was a first time offense. Judge Nadel refused to withhold jail time despite the comedy of errors made throughout the trial from the juror misconduct by juror forewoman, Sandy Kirkham, to his own refusal to honor a request for jury polling in court. More importantly, the recanted decisions by three jurors of “Not Guilty “would make most rational thinking people uncomfortable with the idea of an innocent person going to jail.
In the same week that Judge Nadel was set to sentence Judge Hunter he also had a case of a confessed rapist who ironically, Nadel felt the 4 counts of rape, 1 count of kidnapping and 2 counts of gross sexual imposition didn’t warrant jail time. Despite the plead from UC administration to punish perpetrators to the “fullest extent of the law” who commit crimes against UC students; old Judge Nadel didn’t use the same “Double Whammy” logic to even enforce jail time for the confessed rapist as he did for Judge Hunter. This hypocrisy only further proves that when certain characters are in positions of power there is no extent to depth they will go to abuse it. Nadel’s decision to allow a violent criminal to walk the streets through probation but send Judge Hunter to jail from a non- violent offense was a decision that was senile as it is ridiculous.
On Friday, December 26th, 2014 it took Judge Tracie Hunter’s case to be taken out of the bias and often politically driven court system in Hamilton County to get a fair and rational call by the State Supreme Court. Attorney David Singleton, of Ohio Justice and Policy Center and Professor at Salmon P. Chase Law School, is representing Judge Hunter to appeal her case. His first successful victory was keeping her out of jail. I am optimistic that more victories will come upon review of appeal.
Tracie Hunter is no stranger to the fight put on by her republican foes. Since she threw her hat in to become the first African American Juvenile Court Judge in Hamilton County, she has faced resistance to her elected position. It took the State Supreme Court to Follow The Law and it will more than likely be the same Court to fairly and properly interpret the law upon appeal.
In Hamilton County this case has become very personal, and the mafia style tactics used to take Judge Hunter under is a disgrace to our judicial system. Criminal Justice reform is not a talking point it is a matter of real importance because it affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of minorities and low-income people every day.
Our prosecutors are supposed to be ministers of justice not black ballers with vendettas or distributors of double standard justice. Our Judges are supposed to be fair and impartial, not partial and fulfilling political favors. Our Jurors are supposed to be fair and open minded, not bias or personally invested with their minds already made up. Judges should not be able to regulate themselves and we can no longer depend on fair and equal justice under good faith efforts. A better system of check and balances along with independent diverse boards are needed to regulate a heavily monopolized judicial system.
To the honorable Judge Hunter continue to hold your head up. As I said previously regarding this case: Justice will eventually find itself in the hands of the righteous.