Friday, January 27, 2012
[Update, Wed., 3.24pm: Retired judge Leon Stanback has been named Durham's interim DA.]
[Update, Sunday, 5.33: Gov. Bev Perdue, who just announced her retirement amidst very poor poll numbers, will appoint Cline's temporary replacement.
Judge Hobgood's order indicated that probable cause for removing Cline existed for, among others, the following items from Sutton's affidavit:
Will bring news when available on whether WRAL will stream the Feb. 13 hearing.]
The dysfunctional world of the Durham DA's office continues. A hearing on her case will take place on Feb. 13, assuming she does not resign first. Given Cline's delusional approach to affairs over the past several months, I'm not counting on an early resignation.
WRAL has posted Franklin County Judge Robert Hobgood's order; based on his preliminary findings, Cline's chances in the Feb. 13 hearing do not appear good.
Hobgood starts with a summary of the Allen case: he notes that evidence existed for Cline to bring the case to trial, but also finds that Judge Hudson's dismissal of the case (because the state hadn't turned over evidence) was correct. Hobgood reports that it was "apparent" that Cline found this decision "extremely frustrating," and that thereafter, "signals began to appear that Tracey E. Cline was losing her ability to exercise professional restraint and civility toward Judge Hudson."
Hobgood dismissed a couple of elements of Kerry Sutton's affidavit, but found probable cause for 14 paragraphs in her affidavit, and suspended Cline (with pay) until the hearing is held.
[Update, 10.36pm: Ray Gronberg of the H-S reports that as of Friday evening, it was unclear who would serve as acting DA until a final resolution of Cline's case occurs.]