Indicted Ohio judge's lawyer seeks judgeship

CINCINNATI (AP) — The attorney who helped a now-indicted juvenile court judge get seated in southwest Ohio plans to run for a judgeship herself.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1nG5QCQ ) reports that attorney Jennifer Branch appears to have more than enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot in Hamilton County.

The Democrat would oppose Republican incumbent Juvenile Judge John Williams.

Williams appeared to have narrowly won over Tracie Hunter in 2010, but Hunter sued over uncounted ballots. After a lengthy lawsuit with Branch as attorney, a federal judge ordered the ballots counted and that resulted in Hunter being seated in 2012. Williams had been appointed to an open juvenile judgeship, and handily won election in 2012.

Hunter was suspended in January by the Ohio Supreme Court after her indictment on charges including evidence tampering.

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

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