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State Bar to consider disciplining ousted Durham DA

Posted June 11, 2012 6:45 a.m. EDT
Updated June 11, 2012 7:01 a.m. EDT

— 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.