Durham County's new "minister of justice," Tracey Cline, continues to display an utter indifference to pursuit of truth or ethical responsibility in office. In an interview with ABC-11's Tamara Gibbs, Cline boasted of her decision to invite to her inauguration a figure disbarred by the State Bar and deemed a "rogue prosecutor" by the state Attorney General. Said she, "I invited everybody and I know the focus is going to be on Mr. Nifong." [emphasis added]
Cline's promised approach almost directly echoed the reasoning offered by Nifong in going forward with an evidence-free case against the falsely accused lacrosse players: "Whether people like it or not, you do what's right and then you don't have to explain what you've done because it's the right thing and that's the bottom line as a prosecutor."
And, incredibly, Cline refused to endorse the Attorney General's report on the lacrosse case. According to Gibbs, "We also asked Cline about the Duke Lacrosse case. We wanted to know if she believed the woman who accused the Duke players of raping her and her thoughts on how her former boss handled the case. Cline declined to comment."
[update, 1-9, 12.05pm]: Liestoppers posts this photo of a proud Nifong, looking on as his protégé took the oath of office, while John in Carolina explains why Cline invited Nifong but not former DPD officers Mark Gottlieb and Ben Himan to her swearing-in ceremony: