Legal Ethics

NC Judge Is Cleared Of Misconduct Accusations Made by Now-Deposed Durham DA


A North Carolina judge has been cleared by the state’s Judicial Standards Commission of accusations of misconduct made by a former Durham district attorney.

Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson released Tuesday a copy of the letter sent to him by the commission after its determination Friday that there was no basis for a legal ethics case to be pursued, but declined to comment in detail about the matter, the News & Observer reports.

Meanwhile, former Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline, who was removed from office by a different judge, at least in part because of what he and other jurists determined to be unfounded criticism of Hudson, continues to fight to regain her $119,305-a-year job. Her challenge of her dismissal, in an unusual court proceeding, is currently before the state court of appeals.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “NC Judge Orders DA Cline Removed from Office for Bringing County Justice System ‘Into Disrepute’”

Charlotte Observer: “Former Durham district attorney Tracey Cline sues The News & Observer”

News & Observer: “Former DA Tracey Cline seeks help with legal fees”

WRAL: “Former Durham DA’s disciplinary hearing postponed”

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