Former Judge Dragged Off To Jail

Chaos in a Hamilton County Courtroom as a former judge is dragged away to jail.

Five years after being convicted of abusing her power as a judge, Tracie Hunter was handcuffed and removed from court. As Judge Patrick Dinkelacker told her he was enforcing the original sentence of six months in jail, one of her supporters jumped up and tried to prevent deputies from handcuffing her. The supporter was taken into custody and at the same time Hunter went limp. She would not walk as a deputy tried to lead her out of the courtroom so instead she was dragged off to jail.

Before the execution of sentence was ordered, Hunter was offered the option of putting it off by agreeing to a mental evaluation to determine how being locked up might effect her. The request came from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters who wrote a letter to the judge but was rejected by the attorney for Hunter.

Judge Dinkelacker said since several appeals of the case have been unsuccessful he had no choice but to order that the original sentence be carried out.

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