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Appeals court clears Durham DA of wrongdoing in murder case

Posted December 20, 2011

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— The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in an unpublished decision that Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline didn't violate a defendant's rights in a murder trial last year.

Angel Luis Richardson was convicted of first-degree murder in the Dec. 4, 2006, death of Marlon Rand, 23, who was shot several times as he sat in his car outside his North Street home.

Prosecutors said the shooting was payback after Rand robbed Donald "Face" Shealey, a leader of a local gang. Shealey hired someone to kill Rand, and Richardson was enlisted to carry out the crime in exchange for having his drug debt erased.

Richardson argued that Cline withheld a statement from a Colorado inmate that implicated another man in the crime, but the three-judge Court of Appeals panel ruled that defense attorneys had enough time during the trial to use the statement.

Richardson was one of three defendants who recently alleged that Cline was using improper motions to obtain confidential information about their cases. Cline last week said she filed the motions by mistake, and a judge warned her to be more careful in the future.


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  • eric416 Dec 21, 2011

    most defintely, and im agreeing with @mochabrown, the judicial system needs to be re written and updated in new format, so much the legistation keep comign back to office during the winter months can be on the focus of rewritting an old law that can be more precise to the good people of north carolina it is so sad that an old law we have here in this state and havent been updated yet, the soorry ole butty legistalors had enough timing to focus on that point to make that resolved

  • Inter Alios Dec 21, 2011

    The 3 Court of Appeals judges who rendered this opinion are flatly ignoring the time constraints a lawyer is under in the middle of a trial. To produce the document in question 2 weeks into the trial does not give the defense time to seek verification of the document, and secure the attendance of a crucial witness. Every person charged with a crime has a constitutional right to gather evidence in their behalf and secure the attendance of witnesses to rebut the government's evidence. This decision is a prime example of the judges first deciding how they want the case to turn out, and then spitting in our eyes and telling us its raining. Its called a legal fiction.

  • Lead by Example Dec 21, 2011

    Great news, murderers need to be in prison.

  • mochabrown Dec 21, 2011

    Trust me, they are probably letting her entrap her ownself. People like her, use their attorney skills to find loopholes and they hurdle through them, manuever through them....and it may appear hard to catch them at first, but eventually one of those hurdles will entrap them and they will get caught. Examples, Nifong, Easely, and I'm sure there are a host of others. I know I know a few.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 20, 2011

    Can't some one fix this? It clear that more hard crimminal could get off if she continue to "make mistakes"