The Ohio Supreme Court ruled (Dec. 20) that Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter is in contempt for barring Cincinnati Enquirer reporters from her court after a higher court told her the reporters “shall” be allowed in.
Messages left with Hunter’s staff Friday weren’t returned.
Hunter initially began kicking Enquirer reporters out of the public courtroom over which she presides in March, saying it was punishment for the newspaper printing the names of six juveniles accused of severely beating a North College Hill man because they were “bored.”
Hunter claimed The Enquirer agreed not to print the names, a claim the newspaper denies. After Hunter barred Enquirer reporters from court days later, the newspaper sued her in the Cincinnati-based 1st District Court of Appeals, a higher court. In a March 29 decision, the appeals court told Hunter The Enquirer “shall” – mandatory – be allowed to attend court.
Despite that, Hunter continued to bar Enquirer reporters from attending cases before her. The appeals court then cited her for contempt for disobeying its order.