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Durham DA again challenges judge

Posted January 9, 2012

— In the latest move in an ongoing feud, Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline filed a motion Monday requesting Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson recuse himself from presiding over the case of Clint Edward Pollard. 

Cline said Hudson showed a pattern of not being impartial and using his power to "retaliate" against her.

The motion alleges similar accusations as one Cline filed in November where she asked that Hudson be barred from hearing criminal cases in Durham. She accused him of corruption and being biased against her, saying his decision to dismiss murder charges in two cases amounted to "raping" crime victims.

The motion followed Hudson's criticisms of Cline. He said she withheld evidence in one case and worked to destroy evidence in another.

Cline has filed a complaint with the state Judicial Standards Commission over Hudson's actions.

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  • DurhamDevil Jan 10, 12:53 p.m.

    As a life-long resident of Durham, I can say that BOTH characters are an embarrassment to our city.

  • bill0 Jan 10, 12:39 p.m.

    "Were the judges accusations against her (withheld evidence and destroyed evidence) proven??? If not, the DA has a legitimate charge against Judge Hudson."

    Yes. They were proven. The N&O has been covering this extensively. Cline has railed on about how unfair the series is, but the paper has allowed her space to refute any of the claims and she hasn't been able to do it. All she does is claim that other people are out to get her and ignores the evidence they present.

  • westernwake1 Jan 10, 12:04 p.m.

    "Were the judges accusations against her (withheld evidence and destroyed evidence) proven??? If not, the DA has a legitimate charge against Judge Hudson." - whatusay

    Actually as outlined in the "Twisted Truth" series in the N&O; the withheld evidence and destroyed evidence was not only proven, but obvious. Even since the series was published Cline has continued to submit fabricated paperwork - including the demand for visitor / communication records of prisoners who challenged her rulings - with absolute fabrications written in the document on why the records were being demanded.

  • zile1porkey Jan 10, 11:59 a.m.

    Can we just remove both of them and get on with punishing criminals?

  • whatusay Jan 10, 11:31 a.m.

    Were the judges accusations against her (withheld evidence and destroyed evidence) proven??? If not, the DA has a legitimate charge against Judge Hudson.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jan 10, 11:21 a.m.

    Ms. Cline...I don't know what this man did to make you dislike him so much, but whatever it is this dude needs to apologize and make peace.You have to know this is a fight you probably won't win, but yet on you fight. This is a character trait in you that either has to be admired or laughed at. I choose to admire your spunk. Stand up for what you believe.

  • not my real name Jan 10, 11:17 a.m.

    She is fighting a losing battle. I also agree that there is something else going on here too. Other than her trying to deflect attention away from her incompetence. She is acting like she's in high school!

  • dwarner3 Jan 10, 11:12 a.m.

    Another judge has already rule that the DA's [Cline] charges against judge Hudson were unfounded. To turn around and bring the same complaint again proves that she is either just plain incompetent or doesn't understand the legal system and needs to be removed

  • braddavis Jan 10, 10:59 a.m.

    Something bigger going on here.......it'll come out.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 9, 7:49 p.m.

    ms.cline needs to stop being a baby and do her job that the people of durham voted her in to do.
    tim323....you're kidding, she was actually voted in?

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