The N.C. State Bar filed a complaint Friday charging that former Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline spun a string of courthouse lies, behavior that could cost Cline her law license.
The widely anticipated complaint repeatedly accuses Cline of knowingly making false and misleading statements, an indication that the bar wants to strip Cline of her license. State Bar rules say that disbarment “shall be considered” if a lawyer engaged in acts of dishonesty, misrepresentation, deceit or fabrication.
The complaint focused on Cline’s high-profile attack on Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, an unprecedented action by Durham’s top law enforcement officer on the county’s chief resident judge.
This will be the second case where the State Bar has prosecuted an elected Durham district attorney.
Mike Nifong was disbarred in 2007 for a host of ethical violations in his handling of the Duke lacrosse case.