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.”