Tracey Cline is the chief prosecutor for Durham County. Her job requires—among other things—a degree of intellectual facility. Chief prosecutors must write briefs, and think quickly on their feet in developing and articulating oral arguments.
Starting this spring, Cline stated that she would only communicate in writing with N&O reporter Andrew Curliss. And so e-mails flew back and forth between Cline and Curliss, as well as other N&O journalists and editors. In response to the “Twisted Truth” series, Cline demanded that the N&O make public all of these e-mails. Curliss tried to give her an out, noting that the e-mails featured her making factually erroneous statements. But Cline insisted.
Below are some excerpts from the e-mails. Everyone has typos in e-mails. But Cline repeatedly makes basic spelling mistakes—such as: