Written By: Ishton W. Morton – October 5th, 2019
Hamilton County former Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter was released from jail at approximately 6:00 A. M on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 after serving 2½ months of her six-month sentence.
Subsequently the former judge high-profile case has created much division throughout the community. Many believed she listened to the wrong people and thus that has contributed enormously to her demise.
According to information received on October 2019 it was announced that Hunter is set to be released. Thusly, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil said then, after careful and further review of Hunter’s ministerial work in the jail, he has determined an earlier release date was most appropriate.
Neil was able to apply a policy that allows inmates to receive three days’ credit for every one day served when they work within the jail.
Accordingly, Neil said “We just gave her credit for the date she started working as a minister in the jail when we approached her about doing this work.”
Reportedly, Sheriff Jim Neil said; other inmates in the County Jail will get two or three days credit for every one day served in jail if they participated in Hunter’s ministry including working with some of things that are details still being worked-out.
In all honesty, this is a great moment of jubilation for her supporters. However, the entire process has continued to be extremely nebulous. The greater question is; what logical purpose was derived by putting her in jail?
Seemingly, still blinded by his contempt and hatefulness, the former Judge Norbert Nadel who initially sentenced Hunter to jail had this to say; “the sentence was fair and said the 3-for-1 option is something that could have been denied either by him during the trial or by Judge Patrick Dinkelacker, who imposed the sentence after appeals were exhausted.”
Accordingly, Hunter was found guilty of helping her brother keep his job with Hamilton County, and thus was convicted of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth-degree felony.
In general, a felony is a crime punishable by more than a year’s imprisonment. However, it is said a fourth degree felony is a crime punishable by a year or less and is generally a misdemeanor.
According to experts in the legal arena, a fourth degree felony is one of the least serious with one of the lesser degrees of punishment.
Therefore, apparently Hunter has endured colossal hardships as a result of a crime that was punishable by less than one year. In-retrospect this was a misdemeanor.
Nonetheless, on that day, after receiving her sentence, Hunter went limp and a deputy dragged her away from the raucous courtroom gallery.
David Singleton, the attorney for Hunter had this to say, my client believes she was wrongly convicted. However, many in the community believes this to be so true that they have already planned scheduled a fundraiser for her next weekend to assist with Hunter’s legal fees.
The former Juvenile Judge Tracie Hunter campaigned on a platform that the justice system was flawed, broken and her intent was to bring relief to a broken system. It is widely believed that her efforts were extremely frightful to senior administers of a broken justice system. Unfortunately, as a result she became a victim of the same flawed and broken justice system.
Moreover, it is broadly believed that Hunter would have been successful in her endeavors to amend the Hamilton County flawed or broken justice system as it relates to Juvenile in the system. However, her approaches were badly, inadequately, or inappropriately given and thusly applied. The people around her were too anxious to be heard on the radio station(s) and parading before the cameras simply to be seen.
Furthermore, Hunter is a pastor at a west side church. Her supporters have said it is quite likely she will be back in the pulpit this weekend.
Hunter was sentenced to six months behind bars and one year parole. Since Monday, July 22nd, 2019 she has been locked up in Hamilton County. Convicted of having an unlawful interest in a public contract in a case that supposedly involved her brother.
Surprisingly, Nadel had this to say; “Hunter should be eligible to apply again sometime in the future for a license to practice law.” Really!!!!