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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by retired leo Location: washington on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:38 PM
    Sounds great . Durham is very political . We need this judge in our district. He could have our crooked da removed from office. His office has been going after citizens for political gain since he place his slimy claw on the bible to take his oath of office . The citizens need a new d.a. for washington not a crooked puppet for the local hack attorneys.
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:40 AM
    Wow. People really need to follow the news. This woman got mad at this Judge because the Judge ruled against her. She then started throwing Hissy fits in court and publicly started talking trash about the Judge. There is a process for her to appeal a judges rulings. But you don't try to get a sitting Judge thrown off a case because you don't like him. The testimony of all the other lawyers that have appeared before this Judge prove that he is a capable Judge. She will not be missed.
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      by Thank You on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:08 PM in reply to Alpha
      Now we know, printed here what happened and I agree with you. Its the other side of the story. Well written.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2012 at 02:37 AM
    A judge should not have the authority to throw an elected DA out, the DA works for the people. What did the Judge do? We are getting only half the story typical of WITN. We need an investigation, fair and balanced or send in RUSH.
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      by Nagreement on Mar 3, 2012 at 07:46 AM in reply to Citizen
      I agree. An elected Judge should not have that power. Let the state supreme court decide that one, then sik them on some idiot liberal judges.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:34 AM in reply to Citizen
      Have you not been following this on the news? She slandered the judge when she did not win her case. Rule No 1, follow proper procedures if you have a grievance. I applaud the judge for doing his job!!!
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        by Thank You on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to
        I agree, well written. Its the other side of the story.
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      by m on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:39 AM in reply to Citizen
      We need that here in Pitt County and get the DA's office in order. If Only
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        by Thank You on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to m
        I agree.
  • by yukon on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    she even looks like she can get a attitude
  • by 40some on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Were her allegations even checked into? Was Judge Hudson's case history even reveiwed before she was dismissed?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    I don't know much about Durham County but for sure in Pitt County the defense lawyers and the judges have a racket going.
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      by oh yeah on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:22 PM in reply to
      Oh Yeah, It's good for us because if you have the $$$, then no jail timey.
  • by Alan Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    To-Not really-I do know the story. I also know Judge Hudson personally and respect him. I'm not alarmed & it's not an alarmist view. Just an opinion.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    Yep says enough! You gets whats yous pays for;
  • by me Location: enc on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    I here the naacp rushing ti durham already
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:07 PM
    ONE VERY IMPORTANT POINT. The voters have the power to fire a judge or a DA.
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