Court considers dismissal of Ohio judge's charges

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge in southwest Ohio plans to rule on a juvenile court judge's challenges to the charges against her.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel (NAY'-dul) has said he would rule Tuesday on pretrial motions in the case against Judge Tracie Hunter, scheduled for Sept. 8 trial. She has pleaded not guilty to felony charges, including tampering with evidence, forgery and theft in office. The Democrat has blamed politics for the charges.

A Hunter motion says the special prosecutors for her case are attorneys who once represented county prosecutor Joe Deters in an investigation and might have a conflict of interest.

The Ohio Supreme Court disqualified her in January from acting as a judge after an indictment alleged that she backdated court records and misused a county credit card.

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