A court ruled (March 29) that a Hamilton County judge can’t kick reporters out of court without holding a hearing.
The Cincinnati-based Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals granted a request by The Enquirer to prohibit Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter from kicking a reporter out of court without the legally required hearing.
“Representatives of the Enquirer shall be permitted in the courtroom,” Appeals Court Judge Lee Hildebrandt, Jr., wrote in a Friday ruling.
Hunter twice this month kicked the reporter out of court, accusing the Enquirer of ignoring her court order to not print names of juveniles charged in a beating case that drew national attention. The Enquirer never was served with Hunter’s order before the evictions.