In her quest to convict those accused of serious crimes, Durham, N.C. District Attorney Tracey Cline has misstated facts to judges in cases, says the Raleigh News & Observer. She has not provided evidence favorable to defendants, as is required under the U.S. Constitution, state law, and ethics rules that govern lawyers. Cline’s conduct is under scrutiny for similar behavior in at least six cases. Last month, a judge dismissed a murder charge after ruling that the prosecution by Cline violated the defendant’s rights. Cline said she takes care in her work, that she speaks accurately, and that she follows the rules. She acknowledged making mistakes, but said nothing was intentional.
Cline, 48, is a Democrat who has worked in the District Attorney’s Office since 1994. She specialized in sexual assault cases. It was a sexual assault case that led to her becoming district attorney. Her predecessor, Mike Nifong, was stripped of his law license in 2007 after he lied to the courts and concealed DNA tests while leading the investigation of three Duke lacrosse players who were falsely accused of a gang rape.