Disgraced Former Durham County DA Stands Up Court For Law License Reinstatement Hearing

Tracey Cline was a District Attorney for Durham County a few years ago, until she was the subject of several professional misconduct allegations, smeared judges that ruled against her in court, and was subsequently removed from her position as DA in 2012 with her law license suspended too.

A Democrat in Durham breaking rules and becoming petulant when she doesn’t get her way? No surprise there. Disgraced and Democrats often fit quite nicely together.

It was right to remove her at the time, but this month was to be her second chance. A hearing was to be held December 20th for Cline to convince the judges to reinstate her license to practice law.

Except…she didn’t show up.

“Former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline skipped a hearing to argue for reinstatement of her law license, so a disciplinary committee of the North Carolina State Bar ruled last week that she remain suspended.

The State Bar suspended Cline’s law license in 2015 for five years but determined that only two years of that would be an active suspension.

Cline requested reinstatement in August, but State Bar officials said she hadn’t met various conditions outlined in her suspension, such as maintaining communications with the organization, paying outstanding fees and costs of her 2015 disciplinary hearing and certifying how long she hadn’t practiced law. 4

A disciplinary committee scheduled a Dec. 20 meeting to review Cline’s request and even delayed it for 35 minutes waiting for her to show up, but she never did, according to an order filed the same day.

“The Motion to Reinstate License does not contain clear, cogent and convincing evidence that Cline has satisfied all conditions for a stay,” the order states. “Cline did not attend the hearing and presented no evidence in support of her Motion to Reinstate License.””

Those seeking legal counsel in Durham, or anywhere else in North Carolina, are probably better off with out Cline representing them in court anyway.

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