A former Ohio judge who was sentenced to six months in jail had to be dragged out of the courtroom after her hearing this week.
Former Hamilton County juvenile court Judge Tracie Hunter was sentenced after she helped her brother, a county employee, keep his job.
She was then charged and eventually convicted of having unlawful interest in a public contract. She initially appealed the decision but lost.
On Monday, as her sentence was read, people reportedly began screaming in the courtroom. Hunter was dragged out of the courtroom by an officer. She had a blank stare on her face as she was removed.
Members of the community had criticized Hunter’s conviction, and Hunter herself said her prosecution was politically motivated, the New York Post reported.
“She’s lost everything almost,” David Singleton, Hunter’s attorney, said. “She lost her job as a judge, her law license, her ability to earn an income. She’s lost peace of mind.”
Despite the pushback, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Patrick Dinkelacker upheld the sentencing.