Judge Boots Durham County Prosecutor From Office

A judge is removing Durham County's top prosecutor for job performance that raised doubts about justice, making her the second district attorney in state history to lose her job for that reason.

Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ordered Friday that Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline be permanently removed because her actions undermined public confidence.

Cline was suspended last month after accusing Durham County's senior judge Orlando Hudson of misconduct. Other judges ruled her accusations were meritless.

Cline was elected in 2008 after a couple of interim, appointed Durham prosecutors succeeded disgraced Durham District Attorney Michael Nifong. He was disbarred for misconduct in the Duke lacrosse case.

A New Hanover County district attorney who made a racial slur was the only other prosecutor removed the same way about 20 years ago.

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