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Review clears Durham judge of wrongdoing alleged by former DA

Posted September 18, 2012

— The state Judicial Standards Commission has determined there is no probable cause to investigate allegations made by former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline against a Superior Court judge.

Cline lost her job in March after she repeatedly accused Judge Orlando Hudson of being corrupt and biased against her and asked to have him barred from handling criminal cases in Durham County.

In the lengthy motions, she said Hudson had "the reprobate mind of a monarch," said his conduct involved "moral turpitude, dishonesty and corruption," that his actions "raped" crime victims and "kidnapped the rights of victims and their families" and that his only goal was "to demean the district attorney at all costs."

Other Superior Court judges found her complaints to be groundless, and Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled after a four-day hearing that the allegations had damaged the Durham County justice system and ordered Cline removed from office.

Before she was ousted, Cline filed a complaint against Hudson with the Judicial Standards Commission. The panel recently notified Hudson that the file had been closed, determining that there was no reason to believe he had committed any ethical violations.

"The investigation was thorough and fair," Hudson said Tuesday.

The North Carolina State Bar is pursuing a disciplinary hearing against Cline for her comments. The State Bar alleges that she committed five violations of rules requiring lawyers to be honest and trustworthy.

The hearing had been scheduled for early October, but it is now on hold until the state Court of Appeals rules on her dismissal.

She has called her removal hearing arbitrary and without any direction to help her prepare to keep her job, and she also is appealing Hobgood's decision to deny her request for the state to help pay her legal bills.


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  • ConservativeVoter Sep 19, 2012

    It's amazing.

    You have the judges peers reviewing his action.

    This is like having the rats guarding the cheese factory.

    There needs to be an independent investigation into both Judge Hudson and Tracy Kline.

    Something smells.

    When there is smoke, there is usually fire.

  • dlentz2 Sep 18, 2012

    I think most know that Judge Orlando Hudson has others issues that have been in the news recently. I think dollibug has the right idea when it comes to Judge Hudson.

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 18, 2012

    If you think this is a sham, try looking at how much these "lawyers" make off the state (us) in being paid for representing court appointed clients. THAT will show you a corrupt system.

  • jcthai Sep 18, 2012

    wildpig, your ignorance precedes you, lol.

  • wildpig777 Sep 18, 2012

    OF COURSE THE STATE JUDICIAL STANDARDS COMMISSION FOUND no problem with the good judge -- thats about like the nc bar finding a problem with a lawyer under complaint-- both repeat both organizations should be abolished at once.

  • westernwake1 Sep 18, 2012

    Obviously Cline's complaint against Hudson with the Judicial Standards Commission has no bearing in fact. The obvious result was that Judge Hudson would be cleared of wrongdoing in the review.

    I can only hope the North Carolina State Bar disciplinary hearing removes Cline's law license as soon as possible.

  • dollibug Sep 18, 2012

    Sometimes a situation becomes not what you know but who you know....and it doesn't really have anything to do with what is legal and lawful....I think we all know that judges who oversee other judges support each other in whatever the case may be....it is I scratch your back and then you can scratch mine....they may get into *tight corners* and do not have to worry....as they know someone will always have their back....

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 18, 2012

    Maybe she could use her skill helping those who are behind the prison walls. But that is as far as it should go.

  • Relic Sep 18, 2012

    Hudson is not a "bad" (morally) judge. He's just not a very good (performance-wise) judge as far as some of his decisions.

  • Bronco Sep 18, 2012

    MADDMAXX.Should Easley have lost his law license after a felony conviction. Guess who will not hire him..