NC Prosecutor Fails To Remove Judge From Hearing Criminal Cases


Durham, N.C., District Attorney Tracey Cline failed in her unprecedented attempt to prevent Durham’s top judge from handling criminal cases, says the Raleigh News & Observer. Cline made extraordinary claims in three criminal cases against Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, accusing him of “moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption” and of orchestrating a conspiracy to ruin her.

Despite voluminous court filings, Cline failed to produce a single fact that justified removing Hudson, said Judge Carl Fox, a former district attorney brought from Orange County to hear the cases. State law requires that a person seeking to remove a judge must file a sworn affidavit with supporting facts. Cline’s 4 affidavits had nothing to do with the three cases at issue, said Fox. “There’s a lot of verbiage in here that has nothing to do with anything,” Fox said before denying one of Cline’s motions, which ran 286 pages and was accompanied by a foot-tall stack of exhibits. “The affidavits are not sufficient.”

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