New accusations surround Tracey Cline

December 3, 2011 9:00:00 PM PST
Durham DA is accused of falsifying motions to get information on two inmates who filed appeals based on her prosecution methods.

Over the weekend, allegations surfaced that Cline submitted motions that contained false information to Superior Court Judge James Hardin, so she could get confidential information on two state inmates.

The attorneys for Keith Kidwell and Angel Richardson told ABC11 that they are concerns about "discrepancies" in motions Cline has written seeking information about who visited the men in prison.

Why Cline wanted the information isn't clear, but the men have both filed appeals that target Cline's prosecution methods.

Experts say the allegations could be a problem for Cline.

"My guess is that the judge is going to be concerned about this and will hold some kind of a hearing that will determine whether she should be held in contempt," offered Duke Law professor James E. Coleman Jr. in an interview with ABC11 Sunday.

Some court observers said they suspect Cline wanted the information for her ongoing dispute with Judge Orlando Hudson.

Cline has publically accused him of malicious conduct against her in cases.

Hudson blasted Cline in a ruling earlier this year - accusing her office of "flagrantly violating" a man's constitutional rights by destroying critical evidence and allowing inaccurate testimony during hearings focused on his case.

Cline fired back earlier this month. In a highly unusual filing, she accused Judge Hudson of corruption and asked that he be barred from hearing criminal cases in Durham County in a complaint to the Judicial Standards Commission.

She said in part, "Families of murder victims' faith is forfeited by fictitious finding of this court, and victims of decade old crimes are being emotionally and relentlessly repeatedly raped by this court's rulings."

A third judge - Superior Court Judge Carl Fox - will preside over a hearing on several motions filed by Cline Monday afternoon.

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