Ex-DA seeks delay in State Bar disciplinary hearing
Posted July 20, 2012
Durham, N.C. — Former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline has requested that the North Carolina State Bar postpone its disciplinary hearing against her until an appeal of her removal has been decided.
A panel of three State Bar members is scheduled to hold a hearing for Cline Oct. 1-5 at Campbell University Law School in downtown Raleigh.
Cline was removed from office in March after Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood found that she had damaged the Durham County justice system through her repeated allegations that Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson was corrupt and biased against her.
Cline has appealed the ruling on free speech and due process issues.
The complaint before the State Bar alleges that Cline committed five violations of rules requiring lawyers to be honest and trustworthy. Her motion for a delay states that some of Hobgood's findings, which likely would be part of the State Bar's case, could be thrown out on appeal.
The State Bar imposes discipline on members who it deems have interfered with the administration of justice, but it is not clear what punishment Cline could face.