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Judge to rule on Durham DA's fate Friday

Posted March 2, 2012

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— A Superior Court judge plans to rule Friday morning on whether Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline should be removed from office for publicly criticizing another judge.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood on Wednesday concluded a four-day inquiry into Cline's conduct and whether it met the standard under a state law for her removal. (Watch Hobgood's decision on Cline's future beginning at 9:30 a.m. on WRAL.com.)

Durham attorney Kerry Sutton filed an affidavit last month accusing Cline of improper conduct following Cline's repeated attacks on Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson in recent months.

Cline has alleged in court filings that Hudson is biased against her and her office and asked to have him barred from handling criminal cases in Durham County. Two other judges have found her complaints to be groundless.

Hobgood suspended Cline last month, pending the inquiry, saying there was probable cause to support the notion that she had "brought the office of the Durham County District Attorney and the entire Durham County justice system into disrepute."

Retired Superior Court Judge Leon Stanback has been serving as district attorney since Feb. 1.


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  • anonemoose Mar 2, 2012

    Hey, WRAL. You have another story stating that she was removed. Shouldn't this story be removed?

  • wildpig777 Mar 2, 2012


    no- a victory would be a federal review and a federal takeover of the NORTH CAROLINA judicial system.

  • not my real name Mar 2, 2012

    she should have just gave him some and maybe she'd still have her job and a better lawsuit for when he really made her mad!

  • lb27608 Mar 2, 2012

    "It just seems like Hobgood's previous involvement in this whole thing sets up grounds for an appeal if he comes out against her."

    How? That's the procedure that is called for in state law. It's been followed to the letter.

  • westernwake1 Mar 2, 2012


    Cline has been removed.

  • anonemoose Mar 2, 2012

    She's done..10:25 AM

    Now she's crying.

    Now maybe Durham county can try to move on......again.

  • westernwake1 Mar 2, 2012

    "Maybe, but Hobgood was the judge who decided that Sutton's affidavit had merit and ordered this hearing based on his decision. He was also the one who suspended Cline at the same time. And now he is in the position of making a final ruling in the case." - Kaitlyn

    All of this is within the singular purview of this case. These are not a separate list of unrelated actions. These actions you listed above are all parts of this case as required under state law.

    "It just seems like Hobgood's previous involvement in this whole thing sets up grounds for an appeal if he comes out against her." - Kaitlyn

    If Cline appeals it will not be on the grounds about Hobgood's involvement.

  • NoWayyyyy Mar 2, 2012

    welllll, she asked for it and boy did she get it!!

  • firecaptain2000 Mar 2, 2012

    I was hopful Tracy would come out ok, but I think she just felt something slip.

  • anonemoose Mar 2, 2012

    He's not done yet, and she is already doing everything she can not to cry.

    She's toast, and she knows it. 10:18 AM