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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. Our office is dedicated to serving the citizens of Hamilton County. I hope our website is helpful to you in explaining the many duties of the County Prosecutor and by giving you someone to contact if you have questions.”

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on former Judge Tracie Hunter

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters issued the following statement on the matter of former Judge Tracie Hunter: “My office provides legal representation for the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judges.  When allegations of potential criminal conduct arose against former Judge Tracie Hunter, I realized that I had a conflict and requested the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas appoint other lawyers to review the allegations against her and decide if criminal charges [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges for officers in July 4th officer involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officers in the July 4th officer involved shooting in Bramble Park. On July 4th at approximately 10:21 a.m. the police received a 911 call to respond to Bramble Park located at 6395 Bramble Avenue regarding a man with a knife.  The caller described the man as a male black wearing an orange shirt and khaki pants.  The caller said [...]

July 7th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in theft and money laundering case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Vernon Johnson (DOB 9/14/92); DeMarlo Harris (DOB 11/10/89); DeShay Melton (DOB 8/26/93); Shammon Richard (DOB 7/30/97); and Karen Smith (DOB 1/5/92) on charges involving the theft of over $1 million dollars from Fifth Third Bank. Johnson is charged with 1 count of Theft (Felony 2), 1 count of Telecommunications Fraud (Felony 1), 1 count of Forgery (Felony 3), 2 counts of Money Laundering (Felony [...]

June 28th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announce Indictment in Serial Killer case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the indictment of Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell (DOB 6/7 /40) for the murders of 2 former Cincinnati residents. In case B-1902543, Little is charged with one count of murder in the October 11, 1981 death of Annie Lee Stewart aka Anna Stewart (DOB 10/17/48). If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison. Ohio did not have the death [...]

June 7th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges for woman who shot ex-boyfriend who broke into her home

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the woman who shot her ex-boyfriend who broke into her home.  The woman is not being named since she does not face charges. Cincinnati Police responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Ring Place in East Price Hill after receiving a 911 call at approximately 4:30 a.m. today. When the police arrived, they located Dante Ruff suffering from [...]

June 6th, 2019|

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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters issued the following statement on the matter of former Judge Tracie Hunter:

“My office provides legal representation for the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judges. When allegations of potential criminal conduct arose against former Judge Tracie Hunter, I realized that I had a conflict and requested the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas appoint other lawyers to review the allegations against her and decide if criminal charges were appropriate.

Special prosecutors were appointed by the Common Pleas Court and handled the case from grand jury forward. I have no connection to her criminal case and no ability to impact the proceedings.

The special prosecutors went to the Hamilton County Grand Jury and Tracie Hunter was indicted. She went to trial and was convicted. Her conviction was upheld by the First District Court of Appeals. Her conviction was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. She then went to the federal court where her conviction was upheld.

Quite frankly, it is incredibly disturbing that someone who was a Common Pleas Judge does not understand the system. I had nothing to do with the prosecution of former Judge Hunter.”
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office announced today that no charges would be filed against Cincinnati Police officers in the officer-involved shooting that occurred in Bramble Park on July 4th.

Prosecutor Deters commented: “I reviewed both officers’ body camera videos and talked with Chief Isaac and other police investigators.

After a thorough review of the incident, it is absolutely clear that the officers acted appropriately and followed their training. They were confronted with a man with a deadly weapon who refused their numerous lawful commands to drop his weapon; they had no choice but to shoot. Officer Albert Brown acted heroically and saved the lives of other officers and possibly civilians.

Johnson refused to follow lawful orders while threatening the officers with a deadly weapon and they had every right to use deadly force.”

The Cincinnati Police Department will release the body camera video later today.
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office will be closed today and tomorrow in celebration of the 4th of July.

Hope everyone out there has a great holiday! We are truly blessed to live in the greatest country on Earth.
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Today, members of my staff participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefitting the Special Olympics.

Thank you to the Special Olympics of Ohio for putting on this great program and thank you to everyone who participated across the state!
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