Ohio judges to share indicted judge's caseload

CINCINNATI (AP) — A retired judge and appellate judge will help a southwest Ohio juvenile judge take over the cases assigned to a suspended judge.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/JVXYxe ) that the Ohio Supreme Court has appointed retired juvenile judge Tom Lipps to preside over Hamilton County Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter's daily docket of adoptions, foster care and custody issues.

Hunter was charged last week in an eight-count felony indictment that alleged she backdated court records, among other accusations. The state's high court disqualified her pending resolution of the charges.

Lipps had served as a juvenile court judge for 12 years and had already been appointed to help clear a case backlog. State appellate judge Sylvia Hendon and Presiding Juvenile Court Judge John Williams are taking Hunter's criminal case docket.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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