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State Bar to consider disciplining ousted Durham DA

Posted June 11, 2012

— The North Carolina State Bar has set aside a week to consider disciplinary action against the former Durham County district attorney ousted after a drawn-out confrontation with a judge last fall.

A panel of three State Bar members will hold a hearing for Tracey Cline Oct. 1-5 at Campbell University Law School in downtown Raleigh.

In March, Cline was removed from office after Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood found that she had damaged the Durham County justice system through her allegations that Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson was biased against her.

Last fall, while filing motions to have Hudson barred from handling criminal cases in Durham County, Cline said that he has "the reprobate mind of a monarch," his conduct involved "moral turpitude, dishonesty and corruption," his actions "raped" crime victims and "kidnapped the rights of victims and their families," and his only goal was "to demean the district attorney at all costs."

The complaint before the State Bar alleges that Cline committed five violations of rules requiring lawyers to be honest and trustworthy.

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.

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  • thefiredog Jun 12, 10:53 a.m.

    Why doesn't the state bar consider discplineing lawyers more often? I doubt their is a lack of candidates.

  • dukiedon45 Jun 11, 4:44 p.m.

    Durham does not seem capable of electing a competent DA. Maybe the state should appoint one.

  • patrick85ed Jun 11, 3:17 p.m.

    Considering it? Man this county is great for it entertainment value alone. Come on Durham entertain the rest of us some more please.

  • Bronco Jun 11, 3:00 p.m.

    IF the State Bar pull Cline's license,,how many days after do they pull convicted felon Mike Easley's license? Oh i get it now..Cline's poor judgment exceeds being a convicted felon..Some people suspect the State Bar plays favorites anyway, so let's just see how they craft the final action in this matter..

  • wildpig777 Jun 11, 2:13 p.m.

    the state bar is in need itself of TOTAL REFORM --FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM.

  • dollibug Jun 11, 2:11 p.m.

    Attorneys take *oaths* just like a lot of the people who are supposed to enforce the laws in a legal and law and professional manner....it is funny because as soon as they take the oath....they *forget what they pledged to do*....there are always at least 2 sides to every *story*....and sometimes there are 3....Judges do make mistakes....they are NOT PERFECT....even though a lot of them try to make people think they are....I guess this is why they have appeals and the groups who *review* convictions....and we must not forget that there is CORRUPTION AND COVER UP everywhere....I bet that IF we were all informed of the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and nothing BUT THE TRUTH in what happened....that we would all be quite SHOCKED...

  • mojo nailing rb Jun 11, 1:39 p.m.

    stay thirsty girlfriend!!! there still be peoples in your corner thats feels you been done wrong and that the man is out to gitcha...

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 11, 1:26 p.m.

    She went against the good ol' boys club.

    Now she is being punished for her actions.

  • Native_NCer Jun 11, 1:23 p.m.

    I don't agree with how Cline handled the whole ordeal but she is probably right about Hudson. As far as I can tell from limited personal experience and what I read in the news, Judge Hudson is all that she implied and then some. Many of Durham's repeat offenders have come from his courtroom. Including the one that broke into my house a few years back – 11 days after getting probation from Hudson for breaking into 25 houses and stealing tens of thousands in personal property! The real issue is that judges, no matter how crooked, are usually untouchable.

  • westernwake1 Jun 11, 1:19 p.m.

    It is a shame that the public needs to wait till October for Tracey cline to be disbarred. Most of the legal community was expecting that this hearing was going to occur in July.

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