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Former Durham DA's disciplinary hearing postponed

Posted September 6, 2012

— A disciplinary hearing for former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline will be postponed until after a state Court of Appeals rules on her dismissal, according to North Carolina State Bar court filings. 

Cline was removed from office in March after she repeatedly accused Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson of being corrupt and biased against her. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood found that her allegations against Hudson were unfounded, and that they had damaged the Durham County justice system. 

The state bar scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Oct. 1-5 to rule on a complaint against Cline, which alleges that she committed five violations of rules requiring lawyers to be honest and trustworthy.

It's not clear what punishment Cline might face.

She had previously requested a delay for her disciplinary hearing until her appeal is decided, but that request was denied last month.

It wasn't clear why the new request was granted over the last one, but court filings state that the state bar found "good cause to continue the hearing."


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  • westernwake1 Sep 10, 2012

    Tracey Cline has sued The News & Observer over the "Twisted Truth" series.

    "RALEIGH -- Former Durham district attorney Tracey Cline sued The News & Observer this week, claiming the newspaper’s “Twisted Truth: A Prosecutor Under Attack” investigative series in 2011 twisted the truth about her.

    In a complaint filed in Wake County Superior Court, Cline contends the N&O libeled her, causing physical harm, emotional trauma, loss of privacy, loss of reputation and standing in the community."


  • SailbadTheSinner Sep 6, 2012

    Wasn’t Hudson recently reversed on appeal for a couple of decisions?

    Perhaps Cline’s methods weren’t appropriate, but I’m beginning to have a few doubts about the veracity of the basic allegations against Hudson....


  • HisLoVe Sep 6, 2012

    Probably was postponed due to the Derrick Allen nonsense. This is getting to be more and more costly for the taxpayers. They are all crooks and liars. All of them. I have no faith in the justice system for there is no justice.

  • eoglane Sep 6, 2012

    I agree with her, she didn't like the good ole boy system. That is our crooked judical system. Hudson is the crooked one fire him