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US Supreme Court passes on former Durham DA's case

Posted October 8, 2014

Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline speaks during a Feb. 13, 2012, hearing to determine whether she is removed from office.

— The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition by former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline to reclaim her job.

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

Other Superior Court judges found her complaints to be groundless, and Senior Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood removed her from office in March 2012, ruling that her allegations had damaged the Durham County justice system.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld Hobgood's decision last October, and the North Carolina Supreme Court declined Cline's request to review her case.

Cline filed a writ of certiorari in April, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at her case. She argued that the decision to remove her from office violated her First Amendment rights to free speech and that the state law involved in the proceedings violated her due process rights.

The high court on Tuesday said it wouldn't address her petition.

The North Carolina State Bar delayed a disciplinary hearing for Cline until her appeals were exhausted. No date has been set for the hearing, which will determine if she violated rules requiring lawyers to be honest and trustworthy.


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  • Betsy Riggins Oct 9, 2014
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    If she really thinks she has legal grounds to base these claims on, she shouldn't have passed the bar and glad she lost her job.

  • Setnitst8 Oct 9, 2014

    Give up Tracy! Durham doesn't want you back.

  • Cabe Merritt Oct 9, 2014
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    Give up lady!

  • Mark Neill Oct 9, 2014
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    Why is it that people think the "right to free speech" also includes the right to suffer no consequences?

    You have the right for the government, as the government, to not penalize you. You do not have the right for your employer to keep your job when you regularly slander one of your co-workers.

  • Edward Levy Oct 9, 2014
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    She should have gone silent and be content that she has had a free ride. Hope that now that it will not be heard USSC, the NC State Bar will hit her hard

  • Steve Sanders Oct 9, 2014
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    Of course they passed on it! She better be glad it is Durham or she might be facing criminal charges for the blatant misconduct she did in office! What a joke!

  • writtendescription Oct 9, 2014

    Unfortunately, Cline embarrasses everyone but herself.