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State Bar won't delay former Durham DA's disciplinary hearing

Posted August 3, 2012

— The North Carolina State Bar has denied a request from former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline to delay her disciplinary hearing

The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1-5.

Cline was removed from office in March after Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood found that she had damaged the Durham County justice system through her repeated allegations that a Superior Court judge was corrupt and biased against her.

Cline has appealed the ruling on free speech and due process issues.

She wanted the State Bar to delay her disciplinary hearing until after the appeal could be decided.

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

Her motion for the delay stated that some of Hobgood's findings, which likely would be part of the State Bar's case, could be thrown out on appeal.

Attorneys for the State Bar said in a filing this week that "it is important that (the) defendant be subjected to the disciplinary process in a timely fashion in order to protect the interests of the public."

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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  • caroexc Aug 3, 2012

    i think i remember some govt entity considered &/or ruled some of hudsons rulings were questionable RECENTLY - hence adding credence to clines complaints - however she shoulda known better cause to say what she said is judicial suicide. The bar will be remiss to do anything other than slapping her on the wrist and tell her to go on and 'GIT outta here befo we change our minds

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 3, 2012

    Poor Tracey. I hope all those Assistant D/A's and law officers she ran away go and testify against her.

  • somey Aug 3, 2012

    This lady may have some issues, but the judge she is accusing is a joke. Remember his name Orlando Hudson. If you see a stupid ruling in Durham, you can bet it is him.

  • DurhamDevil Aug 3, 2012

    Ready for some closure to this embarrassment...I'm sure she will appeal the punishment and drag it on longer.

    To my fellow Durham citizens - please put THOUGHT into your choices as you prepare to vote in November. This whole incident is a prime example of what happens when one doesn't.

  • wildpig777 Aug 3, 2012

    i'd ban the nc state bar if given the chance... what a JOKE of an organization.

  • greg69innc Aug 3, 2012

    She aint movin' on up no more she'll be in the joint with the lunatic that stirred up the Duke Lacrosse allegations and that cost Nifong his position as well. Cline is a smart attorney and yes I can see her point but when you get in a mud slinging contest you got to understand you are going to get your clothes dirty too.